Friday, February 15, 2019


Humans are herd animals.  We want to fit in, to bond with others, and to earn the respect and approval of our peers.  Such inclinations are essential to our survival.  For most of our evolutionary history, our ancestors lived in tribes.  Becoming separated from the tribe—or worse, being cast out—was a death sentence.  "The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives." . . .

     We don't choose our earliest habits, we imitate them.  We follow the scripts handed down by our friends and family, our church or school, our local community and society at large. . . . Often, you follow the habits of your culture without thinking, without questioning, and sometimes without remembering.

-James Clear,  Atomic Habits

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