I’m sure you’re all aware by now that I’m not much of a “people person,” but although I usually come away disappointed at how stubbornly close-minded most people are, I still manage to get along with them okay in one-on-one encounters. However, it’s when their numbers start increasing, and that “groupthink” thing begins to take over, that I really become more and more uncomfortable.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the “groupthink” thing has been acting to make this one of the strangest election seasons I can recall, but it wasn’t until I read Pied Type’s Campaign of shame post that I began thinking about just how much this behavior reminds me of herd behavior in of animals. And that’s when I remembered this really great movie quote:
“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”
Agent “Kay” – Men In Black
And a new word I discovered recently that had been coined to describe people with the “groupthink” mentality:
“Sheeple (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a term of disparagement, in which people are likened to sheep.
It is often used to denote persons who voluntarily acquiesce to a perceived authority or suggestion without sufficient research to understand fully the ramifications involved in that decision, and thus undermine their own human individuality or in other cases give up certain rights. The implication of sheeple is that as a collective, people believe or do whatever they are told, especially if told so by a perceived authority figure believed to be trustworthy, without critically thinking about it or doing adequate research to be sure that it is an accurate representation of the real world around them. The term is generally used in a political, social, and sometimes in a spiritual sense.”
Combining that with my thoughts on the frightening things that have been said and done by so many involved in this years campaign, my mind fills with the craziest images:
And finally, I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of my very favorite songs as well:
I want ice water.