Happy Sun’s Day
“Whenever You Find Yourself on the Side of the Majority, it is Time to Pause and Reflect.” – The Book Of Rabyd 2:3
Thoughts and Exposition:
This time through The Book of Rabyd, I am trying to quote as many different people as I can. Mark Twain was pretty much destined to be on this list and it was only a matter of time. This is my favorite quote from him and is truly a principle of wisdom.
Tribalism is inherent in the human species. Survival trait. We band together to take on common threats and deal with common problems. The issue is that it can also lead to a mob mentality. It can lead to just bowing down to the culture, group think or what everyone’s opinion is.
This quote is a regular reminder to all of us who prefer reason to mindless pandering. The issue is to take action on what makes sense and is most reasonable and this quote reminds us there is nothing inherently reasonable about the majority. The only quality they have is more numbers. The majority is not proof of truth or rightness.
For me there is a reminder here that I am both a free citizen and a responsible citizen. Free because on thing that can enslave is tribalism and cults of personality. Responsible, because from time to time you need to be the thinking one that calls into question the actions of the mob.
There are institutions that thrive on this tribalism but they can, in my humble opinion be boiled down to two things – government and religion. Both of these tap into people’s passions rather than their reason and thus are manipulative by nature. They tap into people’s inherent tribalism and mob mentality to get actions people think are the right thing, but are actually the desires of those who would seek power either through politics or faith.
The lesson then is never let your loyalty to the group outweigh your loyalty to yourself and your principles. Something I hope gets carried on by those who I call my family is the ability to question anything and everything, even if the majority thinks it is the best course. I would rather have my descendants known for being rebels and original thinkers that people who just went along with the crowd and the mob. That they would be people of Courage, Self-Reliance and Truth
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.