Most people can be wrong and, in fact, most people are wrong at any given point in history. We are told there is strength in numbers and wisdom in crowds.

The truth is that crowds follow trends because when a new idea comes about, every person in the herd is afraid of being left behind in case this new idea really is powerful, so without proof of its veracity they adopt it and use their new-found status to beat up anyone who hasn’t adopted it.

Thus ideas spread like diseases, and usually they are wrong, because in all but a few cases the people dreaming them up aren’t thinking about reality, but how they want to see themselves.

~ Brett Stevens

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