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Ranger Hrothgar Says - Conformity is an Instinct

Toradellin

Toowoomba, Australia

Artist's Description

In an English class at high school I was shocked when the teacher asked people to put their hands up if they thought they were conformists and only three of us refrained, myself and two musicians. The majority of the class thought that conformity was a good thing like it was a virtue or something. In reality, in psychological terms, it is an instinct. A herding instinct. As an instinct it holds no more pro-social valence than instincts such as fear, aggression or the desire to mate. It has also gone hand in hand with the other human animal instincts to perpetrate massive amounts of atrocity throughout human history.
Empathy and attachment are the prosocial emotional traits that are necessary to nurture in order to create a more prosocial society, along with critical reasoning skills.
Ranger Hrothgar is one of my cartoon alter egos. He’s a vegetarian Álfar, (Elven) gaurdian of the natural world and champion for ethical reasoning. Hrothgar is the original Germanic form of my current real name.

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