How would you answer the question, “If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you jump, too?” by Redika Riasari https://www.quora.com/How-would-you-answer-the-question-If-everyone-else-jumped-off-a-cliff-would-you-jump-too-%E2%80%9D/answer/Redika-Riasari-1?srid=L0EP&share=d12c531a
I mean, seriously? If I take the question at face value, my two cents is quite obvious: BIG NO. Now that I’m no longer a child and I can better use my brain not to answer it the question without further mind-verification. Since, ‘everyone else’ is pretty much relative in degree of closeness here, I wouldn’t sacrifice my soul for ‘everyone else’ who don’t even appreciate their given life and instead of continuing living, took an easy way out; jumped off a cliff. My life is too much of a bless to be wasted or sacrificed for such a banal ‘everyone else’, instead of following him jumping off, I’ll shout out loud at the person, “This world doesn’t need a person who gives up his unfolding tomorrows that easily; for whatever reason.” Let’s call me heartless, but how many million people out there are wishing for a longer lives when they have their breath goes down in hospital; but even so, they don’t lose faith of the miracle to happen. These kind of people, I’d allow myself to sacrifice to. Not to a coward. Never.
This can be likened to not too easily follow the crowd or jump into bandwagon; oftentimes they are not worth following or say, just because it is a popular opinion or followed by majority of people, doesn’t justify the doing to be always correct. Kirkeegard makes a poignant argument about the case,
“Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion — and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion, which then becomes that of the majority, i.e., becomes nonsense by having the whole [mass] on its side, while Truth again reverts to a new minority.
In regard to Truth, this troublesome monster, the majority, the public, etc., fares in the same way as we say of someone who is traveling to regain his health: he is always one station behind.”
The better is to have our own standpoint and be outright firm about it. If you are stepping your steps to the rights, and rights only, the universe never, not even dare, let you walk alone. Even when you are faced with the bitterest possible truths you have it there the accompaniment of your shadow, and that should be more than enough all there is to it. All in all, never do ‘granade’! It is not because you are heartless, but simply because you treasure your life with its great many unexpected surprises.