I have a confession: I am a Gaston apologist.
An edited version of this appeared in TEAM Magazine.
When English journalist, novelist, and racist (he did write "White Man’s Burden", after all) Rudyard Kipling wrote, “For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack”, I bet that a movie about douchebaggery starring Bradley Cooper wasn’t how he envisioned his idea to permeate pop culture.
Then again, it does make you think of the power of stupid people in groups. A stupid individual acting alone will probably do little harm--but give him an army (or a gang to do #squadgoals with), and you have a Hitler or Kim Kardashian ready to tear a country or a pop star to pieces.
A disclaimer though: I am not calling everyone to shun society and go all hikikomori on life. What I would admit though is that my fear of echo chambers coupled with general anxiety made me wary of being part of anything involving barkadas--specifically, gay barkadas.
HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
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