“Most people”

I love the ability the Internet has given us to share what we think with others around the world or around our organisation. Yet you would be amazed how often I get the reaction “Most people don’t want to have to think too much, especially at work”.

While walking the streets of Warsaw last week, learning of the four years of suffering it took before the Jews rose up against the Nazis, I realised that most people would have convinced themselves that things couldn’t be as bad as they seemed; that if they just did what they were told and kept their heads down then they and their families would be safe. 

In Saudi Arabia earlier that same week, looking out on an audience in which the women were separated by the men with a screen, and for which the organisers had to have a special mixed audience licence, most people went along with the rules, covered their heads, sat separately from each other – despite many of them not sharing the fundamental beliefs of their rulers. 

Most people want to be safe, most people want to care for their loved ones, most people don’t want to think too hard if it gets them into trouble. 

What would I have done in Nazi occupied Poland? What would I do if I had been born in Saudi Arabia?

Am I like most people?

Are you?

4 thoughts on ““Most people””

  1. I’d like to think that I would be brave enough to stand up and be counted but I guess until I am faced with such a situation I don’t know what I would do. However, now that we can communicate and share information much easier, I think I’d take encouragement and bravery by the people around me.

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  2. I’m also often surprised how often people believe that the rest of the world is like them. Having spent the past 6 years dealing with many non-tech consumers I realise that most of them aren’t interested in technology, this sounds obvious to some and strange to others, but many people I hear use the phrase "most people" haven’t truly looked outside their circle. Most people don’t care about technology and most people are tech-lazy, until the people trying to lead the way understand that, we will still have a social divide.

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  3. Given the context and the examples, those are THE questions for most of us and our lives today.

    Thanks for this, Euan.

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  4. Valid point Euan. But the one I keep asking is what are the rules that WE obey, the assumptions WE accept, the swerves WE make that ought to be questioned, that ought to be resisted and, above all, that are putting our lives and those of our families and friends at risk.

    Last week we passed through CO2 of 400ppm. That is a deadly serious gateway in the drivers of climate change. And what do we see and hear, even on the net? Thank goodness the net is there so was CAN find these things out, but every morning we get up and start contributing some more ppm and refuse to be curious about it, let alone taking action, let alone rising up and demanding better from ourselves and others.

    WE are on a train bound for bad things and we can’t bring ourselves to pull the emergency cord.

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