Leaders And Their Blind Followers

April 16, 2015, by Ken Jorgustin

blind-followers

Most people are followers – not leaders. Similar to the behavior of dogs who will follow a pack leader, most people tend to follow others – even blindly or subconsciously.

A preparedness mindset tends to break you of this habitual human behavior (being a ‘blind’ follower in the pack). But watch out, the wolves leading the pack of today’s modern sheeple-people don’t like it when followers begin to ask questions…

 
I suppose that if you put 100 leaders in a room, nothing would get done. Progress needs its followers. My gut instinct tells me that maybe 5 or 10 percent of people might be so called leaders. So does that mean that the 90 to 95% of the rest are followers blindly following their leaders? No, but I do suppose that a majority follow ‘blindly’ (easily persuaded or swayed) while some lesser percent may ‘think’, challenge or question some of the time.

Some leaders take their position and abuse it (which is the context of this post). Some leaders are ‘extreme’ or become extreme. Not all leaders have good intentions. Some leaders are gifted with more charisma than others, and may abuse it nefariously to sway the pack of sheeple.

Some ‘followers’ have personality traits such as loyalty and obedience which can be beneficial, but if taken too far can lead to a blind follower (followership?). Powerful leaders (or a leader) with legions of unquestioning followers can lead to bad places… Just look back through history.

Not sure how many followers are ‘blind’ followers, but I’ll suppose there are many. Many followers are easily convinced or swayed by a single ‘nugget’, and will subsequently ‘fall in line’ and will march in lock step behind their leader. Other followers require a handful of ‘nuggets’ before they will set themselves in motion behind a leader – but this is not a problem for most leaders who have plenty of nuggets to go around. Still others will require ongoing ‘nuggets’ throughout the entire following process to continue playing ‘follow the leader’. But again, some leaders will find a way to keep dishing out the nuggets…

But should a follower begin to stand out and challenge the direction of said leader, watch out…

 
So what’s the point of all this?

Good question… I am often concerned about the apparent large percentage of blind followers (particularly regarding our direction of the nation, the world, our so called political ‘leaders’, and the messaging of propaganda). Those who ‘follow along’ like a leaf in the wind will always blow in the direction of the crowd. This is not such a good thing, and unfortunately sets up ‘ripe’ conditions for leaders who will take advantage.

We seem to be living in a modern society where questioning so called authority is often taboo or a bad thing. We’re living in a modern world which does its best to shape us into good little followers who are trained and taught NOT to think for themselves (it seems). I am concerned that independent thought and critical thinking is waning in our modern world. Not sure if this perception is partly to do with getting older and seeing the big picture more clearly, but I don’t think so – I believe that something has changed over these several decades and it’s not leading to a good place. Like rows of sheeple willingly walking off a cliff one right after the other…

Many followers who dare to question or challenge are sometimes chastised or punished – perhaps as an example to the others who might be considering similar actions. Nefarious leaders need blind followers after all…

A healthy society is one in which their are fewer ‘blind’ followers. The question is, how do we open their eyes?? Or can we?