It is often disturbing to see how even intelligent people do not have straight thinking minds of their own. The pattern of the mind, whether toward conformity and compliance or otherwise, is conditioned rather early in life.
-A.M. Merloo, The Rape of the Mind
No matter what side of the issues one is on politically it should be a matter of concern the lack of emphasis these days on people actually thinking for themselves.
We should not simply follow pundits or supposed experts but learn the facts for ourselves and make our own determinations.
We may be taught conformity from an early age, it is critical we break out of this cycle.