The Multitude

“If there be any among those common objects of hatred which I can safely say I doe condemn and laugh at, it is that great enemy of reason, vertue and religion, the multitude, that numerous piece of monstrosity, which taken asunder seeme men, and the reasonable creatures of God; but confused together, make but one great beast, & a monstrosity more prodigious than Hydra; it is no breach of Charity to call these fooles.”

― Thomas Browne, Religio Medici & Urne-Buriall

It’s not that he’s wrong. It’s that no one thinks themselves a part, just as no raindrop feels responsible for the flood, no snowflake, the avalanche. We’re never frustrated at ourselves for our contribution to the traffic we’re stuck in.