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The Power of Group Dynamics

(united we stand + united we fall)

I learned about the depths of Gruppendynamik while living in Bavaria for almost nine years and being married to a local. The German education system has admirably chosen to tackle their dark history head on, and they've analyzed, discussed, and processed the concept that groups in agreement can have horrendous consequences. Moved by the abundance of intelligent Sunday brunch conversations, I listened and learned from this insightful and outspoken culture. Until I observed their deep cultural awareness up close and personal, I assumed their dark history would not be addressed head-on, similar to other cultures that tend to sweep some past travesties under the rug: USA, UK, Japan, China, Russia, Australia, NZ, Spain, Vatican City...

Group dynamics can be a force for miserable destruction or significant positive change. These are conscious and unconscious choices we humans make every moment of every day.

This is also one of the contradictions of social media, for example. On the one hand, we've become literally addicted to our electronic devices and need to be liked with clicks. On the other hand, the internet has been a powerfully influential catalyst for education and positive change. Rocking the boat, telling truth to power, and taking the road less travelled are not exactly in the majority of people's psyches. However, Cookhouse Hero asks you to consider this: by embracing whole plant foods, this evidence-based pragmatic path towards what works NOW is a superlative choice for reversing chronic diseases, saving lives, protecting food animals and the planet, and very likely for preventing future pandemics. It's time for intelligent, global change. Full stop.

Food for Thought

“I love people as I meet them one by one. People are just wonderful as individuals. You see the whole universe in their eyes if you look carefully. But as soon as they begin to group, as soon as they begin to clot, when there are five of them or ten or even groups of two, they begin to change... they sacrifice the beauty of the individual for the sake of the group.”

- George Carlin, American Comic (died 2008)

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