Some of us who will veer outside the realms of logic.
In the case of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, during the notorious outbreak of their crime spree, people of the time flock them. For the gruesome crimes they committed, people were drawn to the glamour portrayed by the media. Women dressed up like Bonnie. Men referred Clyde as their macho hero. They were allured by their glitz, they forgot their victims.
The Kardashian Family is another example. For their TV shows to air primetime, it shows the mundanity of some of us daydreaming.
Trump is another prime instance. Republicans whether hardline or progressive do not question the president’s decision. From declaring climate change as a hoax, distrusting the government’s intelligence agencies and making enemies out of long-time allies; they went with all his irrationalities.
Why are these happening?
This is who we are – built and designed to be emotional than logical. Illogicality fills us in our depths. There is no escape from this universal essence.
This explains why we put more emphasis on luxury than utility. We go for ego, pride and biases. The reason we also pay attention to beauty than brains. Some of our executives and managers will ego trip than make sensible decisions. Our past hedonistic rulers burned countries to the ground.
We cannot fight this tendency. Hence, there are ways to minimize its impact.
For one, it takes effort and persistence to be aware of all these. Reflection will be our friend.
An effective reflection prods and lays the understanding to our tendencies. It takes swallowing the bitter pill and admitting we are wrong. Part of reflection is questioning our actions and beliefs.
Of course, this takes a lifetime of practice. Saints and most of our respected religious leaders enact total self awareness. At the sign of mistake, they reflect and make revisions.
For us, ordinary citizens, it takes strides and motivations to go over our character. These flaws are meshed in us by culture and norms. It is tricky to go against society. Hence, it is so easy to go with the flow.
At the end of the day, we ought to live life to the fullest. By acknowledging our flaws and finding ways to improve will give us the best chance of being happy.