A common response I hear is “everyone’s doing it” when someone is making an excuse for taking a short cut, laziness, disrespect or something to that effect.
When I respond with, “Not everyone,” the common response is, “Well that’s you.” I’ve had this discussion so many times I’m bored to tears of it by this point. The people who justify their behavior because “everyone is doing it” have already made up their minds. If an exception is presented, they’ll simply disregard it. That person must be crazy, because “everybody’s doing it!”
And that’s what I find so peculiar about the human mind. At first, “Everyone’s doing it!” begins as an excuse; an admission that something has gone astray, but whatcha gonna do? However, when they’re proven wrong that some choose to think for themselves and not follow the ignorant herd, they turn it around and try to make the disreputable act out to be a *good* thing, and anyone who would choose to not following along with the vast majority must have something wrong with *them*.
It’s like when a riot breaks out. “Everybody” joins in, because “everybody” is doing it. Most don’t want to come off as lame or unpopular, so they play along. If someone speaks up and says, “This doesn’t work for me. It’s weak behavior,” that person is chastised. Why? Because “everybody’s doing it!”
Somewhere, somehow, the old rule of “Strength in Numbers” has been corrupted and perverted into what we see today. I have rarely seen what I would consider “strength” in groups of 2 or more people. Idiocy, ignorance, selfishness, fear or egotism in numbers? Absolutely.
Strength in numbers? Rarely. Unless that group is wearing camouflage and carrying assault rifles, it usually devolves into the “Group Think” mentality. The greatest strength is usually in just one.