Mob Mentality, often called Herd Mentality or Crowd Hysteria….we all have heard of this and seen it happen. Just ask a person at the Christmas Black Day Sales, where people will knock you down and shove you and turn into someone you don’t recognize. We have read of people becoming so volatile and breaking into stores or becoming violent and hurting someone all because their emotions were fueled by the crowd at hand.
As I lay here in the dark, it hit me. Yesterday, I talked about ripples and how one kind act can create ripples of others. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have Mob Mentality be something positive and have waves and waves of groups of people all acting together in kindness. I know…I know…you are probably saying “dream on lady”. But, I am serious here. We could call it Mob Mentality in Reverse.
If we are going to allow the crowd to lead us and it happens from the time we are a child on up, why not make it be something positive. Can’t you just envision crowds of people doing good deeds for others, reaching out in kindness to offer them a helping hand up. I can see it. I watched it in action yesterday with just a small ripple.
Yesterday, watching people laugh and walk away when the person had their cart turn over, reminded me on a smaller scale of when people hear someone scream rape or help me and they turn a deaf ear because they don’t want to be involved. All it takes it one person to start the ripple…just one.
I remember back east when son and I collected clothing to help people go get jobs. We were collecting it for an organization that helped those who were scarred and needed counseling and a second chance in life to get that chance. When we would ask people for donation, they looked at us like we were crazy when we told them what it was for. And yet, the day we took those boxes of clothes…and I mean nice clothes to wear to apply for a job…the people in that center were so excited and so happy that it filled son and I up for weeks. But, just picture this as Mob Mentality and see people doing it all over the country. Oh my gosh, what a difference that would make in the world.
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I had someone tell me a couple of years ago that they hated that their hard-earned tax dollars were helping anyone. They told me they had plenty of money and it was not fair to him to have to contribute anything to help anyone else. Probably the first time I have been rendered speechless. To be honest, the people I find that are willing to step out and help others are usually those who have little but are willing to share it…not those who have a lot. Maybe that is why they have a lot but all I know is ….I would rather live my life having a little and know that I helped someone in need than to live in a mansion full of fancy furniture and have piles of money in the bank and know that I never helped anyone. My response to the person above was that I hoped and prayed he never found himself down and out and all he met were people with his attitude.
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Mob Mentality in reverse…..doing good-by crowds of people setting others off to do good…mass movements to reach out and help lift others UP…ripples traveling around the world that touch life after life after life. Oh yes, I can picture it and dream it. Who knows….maybe one day this dream will come true. All it takes is one to start it. You could be the one to start the acts of kindness…..to get the crowd going into Mob Mentality in Reverse.
- Viacom’s Dauman: ‘Mob mentality’ around piracy bill (variety.com)
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- The ugly side of social media? The woman, the t-shirt and the Tennis final (simplyzesty.com)
- LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Appalled by the mob mentality (kitsapsun.com)
- Restored Faith In Humanity of the Day (thedailywh.at)
- Ripples In A Motionless Pond (workthedream.wordpress.com)
- The Ripple Effect (footsoldiers4christ.wordpress.com)
- Smiles and Ripples… (greatitudes.com)
- Brands, like people, are afraid to stand out (appliedartsmag.com)
- DAVID ICKE: THE HERD MENTALITY [Video] (themoecashchronicles.com)