For as long as I can remember, I’ve been intimidated by people of strong opinions, especially those whose opinions are so strong, they start calling it ‘truth’. And not just any truth, mind you, but ‘the truth’. I think I’ve mentioned this in previous blog entries – which just goes to show how concerned I am. And when these people’s opinions are received by the public due to media coverage, outspoken or forceful natures, or any kind of exposure, that’s when I start getting scared.
It has been observed that people are easily influenced by people of prominence, whether it be looks, credentials, wealth, intelligence, position, fame, etc. Whichever it may be, all that glitters – whether it be gold or some other much less precious material – often blinds people’s vision. Razzle Dazzle, sung by Billy Flint in Chicago explains it perfectly. And for that period of time when their judgment is clouded, people willingly believe whatever other, more impressive people choose for them to believe. What’s even more frightening is that people in a position of power sometimes do it without even realising that they’re doing it.
Now, which one would be more plausible, you think? To expect people to develop a mind of their own or to ask those with the possibility and ability to influence others to be more responsible?