… other people might think, to do something or to avoid it because of how others might perceive you. But I’ve come to believe that being badass means doing whatever is true to you regardless of the pushback or how your decisions appear to others or the silent (or not so silent) judgment that might be sent your way.
Unconscious imitation of belief systems is not a particular trait of Americans. In fact, Joseph Henrich, a professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard, argues that humans are uniquely talented at mimicking the actions and ideas of others. Our brains naturally compel us to adopt the commonly held ideas of our communities. This impulse means that we unknowingly can develop “norms, institutions, and languages” which “emerge gradually without anyone fully apprehending how or why they work.”