Can we resist the mob mentality? Seneca, the great Roman thinker, warned us in his life and from his death, that we must resist the measure of the mainstream.
As Seneca, the Roman Stoic who advised treating the body “somewhat strictly,” wrote in a letter: “Avoid whatever is approved of by the mob, and things that are the gift of chance. Whenever circumstance brings some welcome thing your way, stop in suspicion and alarm …They are snares. … we think these things are ours when in fact it is we who are caught. That track leads to precipices; life on that giddy level ends in a fall.”
Why are we so attracted to same-thinking people?
Do we find comfort in tacit agreement?
Are we too scared to strike out against the majority power?
How can we foster independent thought without being crushed by the madding mob?