In response to the burgeoning growth of independent thinking in his day, Frederick the Great is reputed to have said, “Reason as much as you wish, but obey.” In so speaking, Frederick laid the foundation of modern bureaucratic government.
The mechanics of bureaucratic rule must be obeyed. If you are a bureaucrat, you are not permitted to reason, to create, or to feel. You are not permitted to be authentically human. You are permitted only do as the manual prescribes, or else be replaced by one who will. Bureaucrats are functionaries and servants, not persons.
In response to the challenges they face daily, bureaucrats are not permitted to say, “Let me think about that.” The may say only, “Let me look it up.” If the manual is silent on the point, they say, “Let me ask my boss” (who will in turn ask his).
If you want a place in the bureaucracy, and especially if you want that place to rise, you have to pay a price: a soulectomy or a conscienceotomy. Take your pick.
Many there be who pay it.