Group Behavior

Listening to a podcast recently, I was struck by the observation that groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.

After weeks of “nice guy”-ism, we’ve gotten a pretty clear look at how this works when we talk about race, injustice, and history.

Heading into a busy Fourth of July weekend, a quick look at mask-wearing behavior shows the same thing.

Group behavior is the aggregate of a lot of individual choices. And a chinstrap here, an uncovered nose there, or a group of non-mask-wearers who feel healthy and can’t be bothered to protect others from themselves is exactly how we get results that no well-intentioned individual would choose.