Mark Twain — “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

He’s correct, of course.  Why suspend critical thinking just because you come to the same conclusion as a lot of others who are also wrong.  History is full of majorities coming to incorrect decisions – getting it wrong.  Hubris is at play here, of course.  “How could we possibly all be wrong?”  Yet we are, with startling frequency.  There are, of course, many egregious examples of the majority getting it horribly wrong, but the one I keep handy, my Exhibit 1, is that photo of the blue polyester leisure-suited me taken in the 1970s.  Harmless, of course, but a gentle reminder of Twain’s point.

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