Even though I have referred to herd mentality so many times, because it seems to have a systematic, pervasive effect on so many different aspects of I behavior, I have to mention it again due to this morning incident. As I was crossing the street, I saw a professional looking, older Asian guy leaning on his horn like there is a no tomorrow to let the driver in front of him know that it has been about .5 seconds since the light turned green.
Generally, you would never expect a docile looking Asian guy to act like a temperamental middle eastern cab driver, yet he was. That Asian guy’s behavior is shaped by his environment. He would have not even known how to use a horn, if he wasn’t living in the city where honking is just what you do when you are late to your stressful, pointless job or are pissed because you are running low on Paxil.