crazy in numbers
On its own, a vampire is calculating, logical and has great table manners. When two or more vampires get together, things tend to get out of hand. Insert religion, politics or money and chaos ensues.
I think people have the potential to behave that way, too. Two individuals can have a logical debate about an idea. Add a more people to the equation and suddenly there’s a potential for a lynch mob.
You know that old go-to phrase parents employ to the complaint that everyone is doing it: If all your friends jump off a bridge, would you do it too? There’s a Chinese version: If ten thousand people do a stupid thing, it’s still a stupid thing.
My little brother wears a tee says Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
I think about these phrases all the time, especially during election years! Things can get pretty heated out there in the world of us v.s. them. I’d like to remind everyone to keep their cool.
Keep calm and don’t act like a zombie! The mob/pack mentality can be so strong.
In my vampire book, especially the second one, the protagonist Simon feels like it’s him against the world. In that case, he’s right.