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Jumping On The Bandwagon
Dr. David Almeida
If e er it’s ne essary to ride the and agon, it’s done ith one leg
s inging out and eyes s oping the fields. ― Criss Jami (Killosophy)
• TASK AT HAND:
This week I’ thi ki g about what it ea s to jump on the
bandwagon. The phrase is from the mid-nineteenth century and
attributed to Phones T Barnum who, as a circus owner and
showman, would urge audience to jump on the wagon that carried
the circus band (a literal bandwagon). In the modern lexicon,
ju pi g o the ba dwago usually refers to individuals
supporting a person, team, idea or activity after it is popular or
There is nothing wrong with supporting a movement or idea; in fact,
you should curate movements that align with your mores, challenge
your beliefs, and allow you to develop as a thoughtful creature. My
issue with the pursuit of merely popular or successful people or
ideas is that they limit your ability for independent thought. To join
a collective for the mere sake of popularity, limits choice, and
aggrandizes mass effect.
There is convenience in joining a bandwagon. There is instant common
ground that, while at times merely superficial, allows connection
and fabric to take hold. But, and you know how I fell about
convenience – it breeds complacency – and this is where trouble
begins. As you become complacent, history shows us with a
multitude of examples that it becomes easier to succumb to
groupthink and lose objectivity amidst the loud voices of a large
Be wary of bandwagons and, as the existential philosopher Criss
Jami so nicely summarizes above, if you must ride a
bandwagon, do so with one leg out the cart and be ready to
move. Look for a landscape that challenges you as an
individual. Realize that autonomous pursuit is lost on the
backs of most bandwagons.
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GRATIS: If you see a ba dwago , it’s too late. -James Goldsmith
My best to you,