Hărmălaia campaniilor electorale ne fură atât de tare, încât nu realizăm momentul când din individualitate împovărată de spaime am devenit parte a unei mulțimi eliberate prin iluzii.
Câteva momente de liniște și meditație ne pot ajuta să înțelegem de ce și cum devenim gloată și de ce, odată ajunși în acel punct, ne este teamă să redevenim noi înșine.
Elias Canetti: “…distinctions are thrown off and all become equal. It is for the sake of this blessed moment, when no one is greater than another, that people become a crowd.”/…/”The most important occurrence within the crowd is the discharge. Before this the crowd does not actually exist; it is the discharge which creates it. This is the moment when all who belong to the crowd get greater or better than another, that people become a crowd.”/…/”But the moment of discharge, so desired and so happy, contains its own danger. It is based on an illusion; the people who suddenly feel equal have not really become equal; nor will they feel equal for ever.”/…/”But the crowd, as such, disintegrates. It has a presentiment of this and fears it… Only the growth of the crowd prevents those who belong to it from creeping back under their private burdens.”(Power and Crowds)
Gustave Le Bon: “In crowds it is stupidity and not mother-wit that is accumulated. The crowd is always intellectually inferior to the isolated individual.” (The Crowd: A Study of Popular Mind)
Søren Kierkegaard: “It is a paralogism that one thousand human beings are worth more than one… The central point about being human is that unit «1» is the highest; «1000» counts for less.” (The Diary of Soren Kierkegaard)
Eleanor Roosevelt: “When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else … you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.” (You Learn by Living)