Practice Scoring - Position 3
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"Majority rules" is a phrase that is often trite. Our society values the majority opinion because the majority eventually does win, but does that mean that decision is right, and where does the minority stand? When there is an opinion, there lies multiple perspectives. Therefore, "The opinion of the majority is not the final proof of what is right."
For example, drunk driving is a fluctuating problem in our society. The majority of these intoxicated drivers seem to think it's okay for them to drive even if they aren’t drunk and only had a few drinks. And when they kill someone in an accident, does that make it right? Absolutely not, but the majority of these drivers express their opinions that they are capable. Sure, these people may have driven home many times intoxicated without harming anyone or anything, but it's only a matter of time before they aren't so lucky.
The problem with the idea that majority rules is that we are deceived to believe that the majority is right. We often are swayed with our opinions, because if so many other people feel that way, then why don't you. It's more challenging to stand out individually as opposed to blending with the crowd. We as individuals still yearn for acceptance, therefore we tend to conform to the majority.
If you were faced with a situation where you had a few drinks, would you drive? You think to yourself, it was only a couple of drinks, and you know you're not drunk. Do you conform to the majority of other intoxicated drivers and convince yourself you're not doing anything wrong? Just because something is common in our society, don't lose sight of your own instincts for you may not always be so lucky.
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