When I worked in a school, one of my worst experiences was a particular Maths class when they had a supply teacher. If the usual teacher was present, they were a nice class, but when they had a supply teacher, they became rude and horrible, out of control. On one occasion I was speaking to a girl about why they did this, and her reply was “It’s what we do”.
Since then, I have noticed this pattern of human behaviour everywhere. The going along with the group flow. It’s like a flowing river of group energy that you get swept along with. Or you struggle to resist. Or you step out and become isolated on the side.
Another example is in the book 1984, where Winston describes being sucked into the daily 2 minutes Hate. Even though he really doesn’t want to join in, he has to or it will be noticed, and by the end of the 2 minutes, he is actually starting to feel the hate that is being generated by the energy of himself and everyone around him.
In both cases the fear of ostracision is a driving force, but there is also a more innate feeling of a group behaviour pattern to go along with. It seems to me that it is a natural way to be, to be part of the group, and that’s the carrot, the lure, that can easily pull us in.
In the world of conspiracy researchers, I often find that a certain code of behaviour and thinking is expected. “It’s what we do” applies here as well as anywhere else. People get a lot of flak for daring to speak against the expected flow of the perceived group. I personally don’t like to view anything as a fixed group, or a movement, as it tends to set up walls and rules.
This pattern of human behaviour makes us vulnerable to hijack from powers that want to control humanity. If they can get enough people to behave, or think a certain way, then they have everyone swept away in the flow that goes in THEIR preferred direction. One big example is the death worship of 11/11. Another is sending your kids to school. Nearly everyone else does it, difficult to drop out.
With vaccines, a percentage uptake is always quoted as essential for the vaccine to work. I often wonder if this is about the group effect, getting enough people doing it to make sure the group effect carries the whole thing along effortlessly. That was why the MMR vaccine drop out rate was such a problem for the government. There were too many dissenters and they were stopping the flow.
This same group effect can work for good. I have been practising yoga for over 10 years, and I know it well enough to do it by myself at home. But somehow, going to a class makes a huge difference. It’s because there is a whole group of us doing it together. It’s much easier to focus, and much easier to achieve the more difficult postures. It also feels more purposeful. This is the effect of the group. It’s as if we are all feeding off each others energy, and everyone benefits effortlessly.
If the group behaviour is beneficial, then the group effect effortlessly perpetuates the good stuff. And no one wants to drop out.
The Continuum Concept is a book about child raising, set in the context of a South American tribe. It describes how the group effect naturally repeats over the generations. In our Westernised societies, we are often fighting against the group effect because of the way it has been hijacked to drive bad forces. But in this South American tribe, there is no need to struggle, because the forces are all healthy and good, and effortlessly sweep everyone along.
(Earlier related posts: Monkey Stories, Closed Circuit Information) Book: “1984” by George Orwell
Book: The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff