I find the concept of sheeple interesting.

Because people who use that word are a little bit like alternative lifestylers, who see themselves as free thinkers without acknowledging they too are following a particular trend.

When it comes to vaccines/covid, to call everyone following the safety measures 'sheeple' implies that those who are against the rules came to that conclusion themselves without any influence from anyone else. ...

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But we know this isn't the case because anti-vaxxers regularly post articles and videos from doctors and scientists that supposedly prove their way of seeing things.

If they are not sheeple themselves, and are drawing conclusions from some autocentric free will, how can there be any 'proof' from scientists? Did they just 'know' the answers before the science 'proved' it? If so, their beliefs cannot be scientific. They would be admitting to drawing conclusions before there was any evidence.

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If the term 'Sheeple' must be used, the covid-sceptics and anti-vaxxers are just sheeple from a smaller herd.

If you say the term 'sheeple' means 'those who follow the rules without question', then that might apply to some people but is mostly untrue.

In my experience it is those who are the most informed who follow the rules. It is not an unquestioning following of the rules, but keeping up with the 'best' way to tackle things (right or wrong).

It's those who aren't interested, who don't read the news, who display the most sheep-like behaviour. They unquestioningly ignore everything and just carry on regardless.

So again, it is the sceptics who display the most sheep-like behaviour.

@lydiaconwell If I understand it right, "sheeple" don't question the rules, and so the whole herd will pressure each other into running off a cliff. It's not how much you draw conclusions from people outside yourself that makes you sheeple. It's how little research you do, just trusting whatever random sheep appears on your feed saying that continuing on towards the cliff is just the way things are.

@cy But in terms of covid-sceptics, 'sheeple' is applied to anyone following the rules regardless of how well informed they might be because it's used as an insult to persuade people to blindly follow the sceptics' cause.

But from my experience people who follow the rules do question them and regularly read up on things (whether media inform people well or not) so it's not simply sheep-like behaviour. And they don't always follow the rules.

@lydiaconwell Some of them do hurl around "sheeple" like candy, but I don't like to make harsh generalizations like that. Covid-skeptics are still just trying to do the right thing, even if they're wrong.

@cy From what I've seen with sceptics, it's a bit like the flat earth stuff. I think there is a deep distrust for authority that manifests as a complete rejection of science.

I can't talk for all sceptics but certainly there is that among the sceptics. And I've noticed a lot of emotional troubles also, mental health issues.

I know the worst of the bunch get shared on social media, but deliberately coughing on people in a supermarket isn't acceptable behaviour at any time.

@cy I don't have all the answers (I know, hard to believe) but I find the mistrust interesting. Because if a person is rejecting an obvious 'truth' (as with the flat Earthers) just because it's popular or the 'accepted' view, then what is making them reject it?

@lydiaconwell I think they're not rejecting it just because it's popular or accepted. They're rejecting it because they want stimulating lives full of camradery and adventure, and we deny them that, making them more vulnerable to swindlers lying to them that they have what they need.

But I don't really know.

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