People on the move

Following others is risky. Just yesterday I saw a man nearly get hit because he decided to follow the woman in front of him who was dashing across the street. At the next light, I saw the same situation, except this time the person following had their head down looking at their phone.

Following others can be both a conscious and automatic decision. You assume that the path in front of you is safe because it’s already been paved by someone else. But the reason God gave us our own set of eyes and brains is to release us from the prison of conformity.

You make your own decisions, what you eat, what you read, what you share online, and where you want to travel. Everything you do is mostly up to you.

Indeed, your individuality can explained in the way you behave at a crosswalk. Will you follow others like a lemming or dictate your own style and pace? When you follow because other people are also going in that direction, you may pose a risk to yourself.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.