I’ve been thinking about groupthink lately. I believe it characterizes our society. It’s not to be confused with community thinking. “Community” implies the embracing of differences. Groupthink is “a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group in which the desire for harmony or conformity results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome.”
How did this happen? What happened to rugged individualism?
Obviously, it’s still here. Look at Liz Cheney. Like her or not, she’s brave. So are others who stand against the tide. They’re spurned by some, highly respected by others, but sadly, are few and far between.
Maybe it’s time to remember our individuality. As Margaret Mead said… “Never ever depend on governments or institutions to solve any major problems. All social change comes from the passion of individuals.”
And here’s a line from someone I don’t usually quote, i.e., the front man of the Foo Fighters, but I really like it. “No one is you…and that is your power.”
The power of one. Groupthink is Goliath, but don’t forget about David.