Critical Thinking: Why do so many humans behave like ‘sheep’?
If someone believes in “conspiracy theories” they can describe as “sheep” those who agree with what the mainstream media is saying. Unlike these people, you will think for yourself.
So not only will one accept what this font sells, but they will do their own research. When someone has this point of view, they are also likely to show that they are fairly certain that they “know” what is going on.
A better position
Being so, one might even see oneself as better than those who do not seem to think for themselves. Therefore, thanks to how they view most of their peers, they will be able to experience feelings that give them a boost.
Now, in the eyes of another, this person can be seen as totally deluded and out of touch with reality. Unlike being informed, you can be seen as someone who suffers from anxiety, feels helpless, and wants to feel special, among other things.
At this point, it would be easy to say that those who question the dominant narrative are the healthy ones and those who do not listen to what the experts say they are not. Of course, this is how many people who do not accept what the media tells them tend to perceive them.
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the mainstream media do not always tell the truth and neither do the so-called alternative media. The problem is that since a large part of the public believe that the mainstream is there to inform, it is difficult for them to accept that this source of information is essentially there to fabricate consent.
A great impact
What has undoubtedly influenced what has allowed this source to maintain its influence for so long is that, from an early age, most people are taught to respect and access authority. And this source presents itself as the highest authority when it comes to what is happening in the world.
Therefore, even if this source came up with something that is not the truth, it is unlikely that many people would find out. The fact that this source said that something is true will be the only thing that matters.
No back and white
After this source has said something to someone, you could conclude that someone else is crazy if you have a different opinion. They might even call them “conspiracy theorists.”
It is quite possible that this person has most, if not all, of the traits that experts have listed in regards to the type of person who is most likely to believe conspiracy theories; on the other hand, it could simply be someone who questions what they are told and has done their own research. However, by labeling this person as ‘crazy’ or something similar, one can maintain his view of himself as a balanced person and there will be no need for him to question anything.
A grain of truth
With this in mind, while it might be going a bit far to say that most humans are sheep, there are certainly many humans who are happy to ‘follow the flock’. And, even if someone didn’t do this in one context, they could certainly do it in another.
Considering this, it would probably not be correct to say that some people are sheep and others are not; it might be more accurate to say that it is a matter of degree. After all, every human being is multifaceted and different environments can bring out different aspects of their nature; no human being is a machine that always behaves in the same way.
The main need
So the big question is: why would someone be inclined to blindly accept what is being said and not think for themselves? First of all, it has been said that human beings are ‘cognitive misers’ and when someone accepts what they are told they will save energy.
Second, as human beings are interdependent, it means that someone will need other people to survive and therefore, according to what other people believe, it will be seen as a key part of their survival. Ultimately, someone’s need to survive is far greater than their need to find out if something is true or false.
To go even deeper into someone’s racial memory (genetic memory), they can bring the experiences their ancestors had. Most likely they had at least one ancestor who was killed for having different views or for talking about something.
One only needs to look back in history to see that those who held different views and spoke out against the status quo were rarely rewarded. In general, they were punished in some way or killed.
The same old story
This is something that still takes place in the world today, making it clear that this is not simply a thing of the past and something from which humanity has grown. As a result of what has happened in the past, there is the possibility that many people who had the ‘genes for critical thinking’ (if there is such a thing?) Were wiped out and therefore unable to do so. pass this on to others.
And many of those who passed it on could have learned to suppress this side of their nature, to ensure their own survival. Unlike other parts of their nature, this simply did not serve them or their ability to pass on their genes.
If it is true that most human beings get along, it is not a great surprise. Not only have people like this been killed over the centuries or conditioned to reject this side of themselves, questioning the dominant narrative and thinking outside the box is rarely the best survival strategy.
Ergo, just as sheep have been conditioned to follow the flock to avoid being eaten, humanity has gone through a similar process throughout its time on this earth. With this understanding in place, what is happening makes much more sense and there is less need to label those who primarily behave in this way as “weak”, for example.