Note: These are the author’s interpretation of quotes said in a context completely separate from today. General Patton was not speaking of 2018, and he certainly wasn’t concerned with what the popular culture might look like nowadays.

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

Thinking in terms of groups is nothing new — we are, after all, creatures who have survived based on our ability to contribute to a group. If everyone in a tribal society can agree that they need food, they will agree to work together to develop a system of efficiently gathering or hunting food, and another system to prepare it. They all function under the one same objective that they can all agree upon: they need food.

As ancient civilization has transformed into an industrial, modern society, we have taken these feelings natural to the human condition and applied them where they don’t belong — to strange places in everyday life in the 21st century. We apply it to incredibly complex things like politics, and use the group-think mentality to build up our own “side” in order to make it as strong as possible.