OK, anyone who knows me or frequents this blog knows that this is an issue near and dear to my heart.
You get the idea.
I know it sounds arrogant to equate 95% of the population with sheep, but now I have genuine scientific validation.
"Results from a study at the University of Leeds show that it takes a minority of just five per cent to influence a crowd’s direction – and that the other 95 per cent follow without realising it."
Basically, they sent a crowd of people wandering through a building. They gave a small number of people in the group detailed instructions on where to go, but no one was allowed to communicate with anyone else. And the whole group followed the 'informed individuals' without even realizing they were doing it.
What's even more interesting is that, the larger the group; the fewer 'informed individuals' you need to lead the herd.
Of course, this has both useful and scary implications for crowd control, but surely this information could have more interesting applications.
I realize that our herd mentality exists because, in the past, it has helped our species survive in some way, but maybe this is something we should be trying to overcome. Maybe if people realized that they were marching through their lives with their nose attached to the butt of the sheep in front of them, they would wake up and shake it off. We could see a day where, instead of 5%, 50% of the population would be finding their own path through life, seeking out new ideas and new innovations.
Sure things would be more chaotic, but we, as a species, would be less frightened of chaos.
We could start small, maybe with a study on "black sheep." We could find out what happens if you send a group of artists and musicians roving through a building.
I'm sure the results would be interesting.