III John 1:11 ” Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.”

This verse reminded me of the old saying, “monkey see, monkey do” which then led me into researching mob mentality.  Mob, herd, or pack mentality describes how people can be influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors on a largely emotional, rather than rational basis.  Just as sheep blindly follow the flock no matter where they go just because that’s what the flock is doing, people tend to take up the behaviors of people around them. (Think of a big sporting event with lots of alcohol and passionate fans.)  In a large mob, personal responsibility wanes as we lose self-awareness and we become more willing to engage in dangerous/risky  behaviors. Also in a large group there’s more physical anonymity which can lead to the lax of social inhibitions.  But this  verse tells us not to imitate what we know is not right…rather, to say No and not apologize for our decision.  For just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right.

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