Another excerpt from Thomas Merton’s Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
This is one of the few real pleasures left to modern man: this illusion that he is thinking for himself when, in fact, someone else is doing his thinking for him. And this someone else is not a personal authority, the great mind of a genial thinker, it is the mass mind, the general “they,” the anonymous whole.
One is left, therefore, not only with the sense that one has thought things out for himself, but that he has also reached the correct answer without difficulty– the answer which is shown to be correct because it is the answer of everybody. Since it is at once my answer and the answer of everybody,
how should I resist?