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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

art of manipulation of the herd.

 art of manipulation of the herd.

कालक्रमेण जगतः परिवर्तनीयाः।
चक्रारपंक्तिरिव गच्छति लोकपंक्तिः॥
भारवि
kālakrameṇa jagataḥ parivartanīyāḥ|
cakrārapaṁktiriva gacchati lokapaṁktiḥ||
bhāravi

A ruler with enough craftiness and gift of the gab can turn the whole set of subjects in his favour. 

Just like the  long series of cranes following one another blindly in a flight,the tendency of the people is just to follow the footsteps of the persons just moving immediately in front of them in the row. 

Glibbest of the politicians have all seen into this herd psychology of the ordinary people.  

Even people with some intelligence, succumb to the temptation to following the majority because somehow they feel they are safer when they form the part of a chain.  
In reality this can be hazardous.  
The fireflies fly towards the burning wick in large groups. 
 Masses succumbed to the harangue of Hitler,Goebbels, Mussolini and  many others nearer home too.  
They never understood that the goats follow the butcher believing that  he is also sporting a goatee beard.. just to lose not only their beards but to transform themselves to Biriyani. 
The herd psychology was the bane of any organised society 
and the opinion leaders are always  sure that the same lie told hundred times becomes gospel truth.  
In malayalam they say,  
അഗ്രേ നടക്കുന്ന ഗോവു തന്‍റെ പിന്നില്‍ നടക്കുന്നു മറ്റുള്ള ഗോക്കളും  when one cow just walks in a path with his head bowed all other cows fall in steps and follow.
But history is replete with the stories of many who dared to be different,  

and only such people made any difference in this world. 
Take a Sankara, Mahatama or Jesus.. 
They dared to challenge the conservative establishment. 
 Take Karl Marx, Castro, or the second great Sankara, the EMS..
they also did the same.