The rule of the mob is, when one dissenter does or says something cruel and offensive and politically polarizing, everyone else has to piggyback and act righteous and get offended too.
Because instinctively, they know that if they don’t, they’ll be judged along with the offender.
Silence is acceptance. When the mob lights the torches and raises the pitchforks to lynch the original dissenter who drew first blood, they will also turn their head to the one person who didn’t act offended and declare:
Hey, get that guy too! Excommunicate him from the tribe! Send him into the wilderness to die!
Seinfeld did a brilliant episode about this very phenomenon over twenty years ago. Kramer takes part in an aids charity walk, but refuses to wear the ribbon on his shirt. He even claims that the volunteers who pass out the ribbons are bullying people into wearing them. To which the people reply:
But everyone wears the ribbon. You must wear the ribbon. Aren’t you against aids? Who do you think you are?
Once the race gets underway, several walkers confront him about his dissension. The chorus begins to grow. Kramer states he doesn’t want to wear the ribbon since he lives in a free country and he can do whatever he wants. Then the mob beats him into a bloody pulp.
It’s funny because it’s true. Now more than ever. In a digital world where people have made it their full time jobs to pat themselves on the back for being offended and congratulate each other on how upset they are, dissenters must take caution.
Because free speech is slowly becoming a quaint relic of the past.
Soon, your only option will be to acquiesce to the mob’s demands or be the bad guy.
Everyone wears the ribbon.
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