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Do we behave like sheeps ? 29 March, 2020   

My first attempt to get a toilette paper was a failure. After entering the store I headed directly to the section where I expected to find it but the whole shelve was empty. Even though, it wasn’t a complete waste of time. While I stood there angry about the stupidity of people who gather together a numerous quantity of necessities I saw the staff pushing stacks of flour. I instantly pulled about 5 one kilogram-packs out of the first layer of plastic, not having to worry later about a lack of it in my household. This attitude turned me into a person I abhorred in the first place.

What we experience nowadays is typical behavior that has been adapted in our DNA and comes from our ancestors the animals. Nature created psychological adjustments immediately at the beginning of the existence of humans which help us to create relationships,  to ensure security and the best survival chances. A mechanism to stay together, to follow the "mainstream" and to do exactly the same all around us do. Like sheep we let us lead by the largest group, nobody dares to abandon the group or stay behind because we are instantly anxious to get lost or miss out on a crucial trend.

Maybe it was a benefit when the first humans wanted to survive, however, it has evolved gradually into a disadvantage. Regarding nationalistic and patriotic movements like the Nazi regime in Germany or other fascistic forces that were established during the 20th century, the problem became more apparent. Back then mainly despaired people needed a strong and strict guidance to get a feeling of security and a sense of communion. Others followed not to miss out on the benefits the organization offered. The result was dictatorships directing the world into another World War.

Nowadays capitalism is the new promoter of the herd instinct. People not only want to follow the trend; they are now egoists just caring about their own. An appropriate example is the empty shelves in supermarkets caused by our anxious behavior not getting enough. Even though we have enough flour, toilette paper, yeast at home we want more because others want more too. Partly it's jealousy, partly it's the "mainstream" which guides us. Although we are more intelligent than sheep we still behave like one by following the masses.

Stay calm

JJ 

human nature

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