Have you noticed lately that when a fire alarm sounds, people don’t readily rush out? At least, I have. People look around to determine how other people are reacting. And, if people in some position of authority or access to knowledge, keep going about their business, everyone stays put. As a whole, we determine whether to respond to an alarm that could save us, by relying on how others react. I’d say that is a bit of herd mentality.
Just recently, I was at an airport lounge where the alarm went off with loud noices and flashing lights. And, no one was alarmed. Some, including myself, looked around and even got up for a second. Eventually, most just sat back and drank their coffee or other beverage of choice. There was nothing wrong other than a bothersome alarm.
Now, there is an example of a larger existential (perhaps) societal problem. Which alarms to we listen to and can’t we figure that out on own own? There is so much gaslighting at the moment and so many truths that are twisted for convenience and sheep herding reasins, that sounding the alarm really does mean much. Nor, may it amount to much. Now instead of an alarm, we really need to see the smoke for ourselves. And, even then it could just be a smoke machine.