The Importance Of Being Nice

When everyone’s afraid it helps to be cheerful and kind

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We humans are hardwired for groupthink. It doesn’t take much to make us afraid, and when we’re fearful our limited intellects shut down. We obey the dictates of purported authority figures and we seek to punish those we feel aren’t conforming sufficiently. It comforts us to do what we’re told, whereas thinking independently can create uncomfortable ambiguity.