Hazards of Crowd Following

Rather than follow the crowd, RUN, in the opposite direction.
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Why do we fancy following crowds when half the time they don’t know where they’re going? There are many types of crowds. Some are marching in protest, not always protesting in an orderly fashion. Some are marching, protesting the protesters. Some just are.

Don’t get me wrong, crowds can be fascinating, especially, if you like people watching, or in this case, watching giraffes. However, I’ve seen too many examples of late where people are gathered in crowds and unruly behavior erupts. Most times,  a way out has never been considered by those enjoying the closeness. However, in case of stampede or riot police, the whole crowd thing becomes much less exciting and much more of a nuisance.

Sometimes following a crowd doesn’t mean there are a lot of people around. It may just be that you’re following the mindset of a majority without carefully understanding all the aspects of that mindset. There has been a mindset that Muslims are terrorists, that Black youth are criminals, that white people feel superior to people of color, or sagging pants below one’s buttocks is cool, or that running from a stampede of bulls is a safe sport.

Now, you realize that by nature, crowds are not necessarily made up of smart people. Have you ever witnessed how quickly a crowd can become a mob? Just watch teenagers or the klu klux klan. Crowds can be easily swayed by the emotions of the just one person in the crowd. A leader can often become the one who has the crowd’s earl.

Crowds aren’t necessarily innovative either,  nor are they necessarily concerned about the individual.  Sometimes it’s just best to avoid crowds altogether.  They can be dangerous or they can just plain dumb.

Safety tip:  When a crowd walks  in one direction, walk quickly in the opposite direction. If an opposing crowd gathers,  keep walking until you find the path less taken. It’s  usually the one on the horizon, the safe one with a clearer view.

Disclaimer: We are not against all crowds, just most of them.

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