Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mad in herds

Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
--Charles Mackay, 1852
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

1 comment:

  1. An extremely astute observation. After having found myself swept up in herd mentality a few times, ( I was all for the invasion of Iraq to start with) I have tried harder to keep pulling back the focus from the pinpoint the powers that be try to transfix you with and see what is really going on. It ain't easy, they hit you in the emotions, appeal to your better angels to do the devil's work...