The gist of it is: A group of people will not always choose a leader but they will always choose a scapegoat.

There’s an aphorism that’s more true than even that. I’ll paraphrase ’cause I can’t remember exactly.

The gist of it is: A group of people will not always choose a leader but they will always choose a scapegoat.

f you’ve ever worked for volunteer organizations  you’ll know that there’s not always a leader.

I did volunteer work as a teenager and as an adult, I worked with CERT for a few years. [citizens that go in and help after a hurricane or whatever].

If everybody knows what to do, they just do it.

If you’ve never done cooperative / volunteer work, then you might think everybody is self-motivated. Can’t help lack of experience, man.

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In that case, the invisible presence of potential future criticism keeps you on the straight and narrow.

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Leaders are less often respected and more often tolerated.

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Maybe you’re in the wrong group man. If others thought like you, you wouldn’t worry about being ostracized.

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lol there’s plenty but mostly they’re online. They don’t get into roles of authority over others generally. China’s an exception – they’re hyper-rational.

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I’m not talking about the population but the leadership style.

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It’s world stereotypes, but generally it seems that America is a very emotional nation and China a very rational nation. China’s far more law-and-order. “That’s just how it is, and that’s that.” without a shred of emotion, whereas America’s like, “People should be this other way and it pisses me off that they’re not”.

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No reason to be pissed off about how other people are. Right is right, wrong is wrong.

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