When I was young, my mother would ask me “If everyone was going to jump off a cliff, would you jump too?”
This was her attempt at reminding me that blindly following the crowd is a fool’s errand, which, apparently, really stuck with me.
However, I now realize that it’s a very contextual question.
If people are jumping off a cliff into a deep pool, I might wait until many people had jumped so I could see the range of safe spots to jump into.
If they were jumping off a cliff to avoid torture, I’d probably follow them.
If the cliff was only a few feet high, why not?
Regardless of the efficacy of my mother’s warning, remember that context is everything.
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