A POOR STANDARD FOR THOSE TOO FRIGHTENED TO DECIDE

The herd instinct is an instinct that drives animals to huddle together for protection. There is safety in umbers but not invariably. However, the very protection that exists in large numbers can also lead to dangerous and foolish behaviour. The herd of buffalo stand still waiting for slaughter after their leader is shot, because he has not moved and so the whole herd is wiped out by hunters. The lemmings leap, following the leader into the sea and all die. Continue reading