You are going to hear a lot from me about the topic of “Herd Mentality” are on LOM. Unfortunately, that is where most people seem to live. We are social animals, but that doesn’t mean that we should live our lives letting others think for us. Living on the margins is a much more satisfying place to be.
But, I will admit that being part of the mainstream sometimes has its advantages. Being on the margins is tiring, and sometimes it just seems not worth it. Although I often lack that trait, we all want to just be part of a group. It’s just an easy thing to do. We form alliances based on the sometimes the narrowest things such as being on the margins of society. 😎 We seek others who think the way we do.
I want to make it clear that being in the mainstream and have a herd mentality are two distinctively different things. Mainstream is just a place where we occupy the same space as many others. Herd mentality is where we go along with what we are told to think. People with a herd mentality just don’t seem to have much of a sense of self, or maybe that sense has just been brutally beaten out of them.
A case in point of herd mentality is shown in the graphic above. There are tragically so many that have been told that COVID-19 is a fake. To them there is no such thing, it is only a conspiracy to allow the government can control their lives. Don’t bother them with the facts, THEY KNOW THE TRUTH. Many will go to their grave rather than seeking the real facts.
Herd Mentality is a sad and dangerous thing.
I know the old saying that “Ignorance is Bliss” but I would kinda like finding bliss without going that far. We are in some pretty serious times but, let’s face it, ignorance can be down right dangerous right now. Bliss is supposedly a state of perfect happiness. I don’t think I, or anyone else for that matter, have ever been there, so maybe I’ll just try to accomplish just a touch of it.
Here are some of my ideas to get a little bliss in my life:
Be in the moment – That means don’t worry so much about what is coming next, but instead just enjoy the now. I can actually say that given all the hours I have spent in the homestead the last few months I have come to appreciate the “moment”. Even the weeding time in my annual veggie garden is enjoyable. It gets me away from my computer and down to the dirt level. The “good” dirt level that is.
One of my true joys in life is working on my uRV (microRV). It is a 1992 Chevy Work Truck that went from a delivery vehicle to an RV of my design and fabrication. I have been working on it for the last seven years or so. I can never seem to stop improving something that I did earlier. I’m not really sure if I will be able to use it much in the future but that doesn’t really bother me. It is the process that allows me to be in the moment.
Stop watching the news – How can you obtain bliss if you spend 24/7 wallowing in the troubles of life? The simple answer is you can’t! My life is more blissful now that I ration my information gathering time to no more than 60 minutes a day. That includes TV, Internet, and print media.
Don’t take life too serious – Finally, the secret to it all that comes from my hero Will Rogers.
Do the best you can and don’t take life too serious
I do my best to always remember to not take myself or anything else too serious. When we do that we start thinking that we are indispensable. I will close off this post with another saying that I kinda like:
Graveyards are full of indispensable people