Reading the book from which this quote is taken, and am reminded of what we as believers know to be the case with the world.
“In 1841, Charles Mackay presciently spoke about the herd mentality: “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.” So how do we proceed at this very moment, in this country, with its heavily damaged psyche? Those of us who want the truth must keep seeking it, and those of us who see the truth must keep speaking it. Because truth matters.”
— A Plague Upon Our House: My Fight at the Trump White House to Stop COVID from Destroying America by Scott W. Atlas
This is a well written book—well documented. When you think of Christians, and of Jesus, you automatically think of freedom. Jesus sets us free from our bondage to sin; from our propensity as people of the world to sin. So, in fact we are freed from the world’s heard mentality, and we become free to see and to hear the truth. But our freedom to discover and walk in the truth is only as good as our willingness to seek and to follow the counselor that Christ gives us for the leading and discerning of truth. He corrects us; Admonishes us; disciples us; teaches us. He tells us that if we are sons that we will be disciplined.
We will not be allowed to follow the herd without discipline, and should we continue with the herd after being admonished and led, there are consequence. The world experiences the consequences that Jesus came to keep us from, but He also told us that we must live in the world, and in so doing we watch the herd in amazement, and we feel the effects of their actions, and we often are impacted having our own lives made more difficult by those actions.
Scott Atlas tells the story of the Herd and it’s impact of his time in the Trump Administration. Well worth the read.