Opinion: Pack mentality


It is time to even the score. We cannot let them get by with this! They need to learn a lesson. Or, so we think. It comes with the human condition that we all gauge our own position in the world by those around us.

Like zebras on the Serengeti, we huddle together, looking for safety in numbers. Generally, it has proven to be a thoughtful strategy. We have flourished on this blue sphere. Still, we carry within ourselves a need, justifiable or not, to keep the herd together, even if by force, shame or influence. 

One might argue a bit of benevolence here. Don’t get too far from the collective or you will be eaten by a lion. But how do we know that our intention to coerce others into staying put isn’t more for us than for them? How can we be in charge if they aren’t listening? 

We’ve developed all manner and sort of strategy for keeping our team members in their rightful place, directly behind us. We justify our indignation, exclaiming that we are forced into action by the malfeasance of others. We are just getting even. OK, but even with what? And, do we have a claim for even? Or, is the objective to protect ourselves by knocking down the contrast. Don’t outperform us because it makes us vulnerable. Don’t leave us alone on the plain or the lion will feast.

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