To consort with the crowd is harmful; there is no person who does not make some vice attractive to us, or stamp it upon us, or taint us unconsciously therewith. Certainly, the greater the mob with which we mingle, the greater the danger.
– Seneca (Letters From A Stoic vii)
How much is the crowd influencing our behaviour?
Is it helping us to become a better person, or is it encouraging us to be the same as they are?
When we are thinking about the crowd, we shouldn’t only be thinking about a mass of people.
We should also be thinking of the status quo, our peer group, and even the dreaded echo chamber.