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Please – Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid
“Drinking the Kool-Aid” is an expression used to refer to a person who believes in a possibly doomed or dangerous idea because of perceived potential high rewards. The phrase typically carries a negative connotation. It can also be used ironically or humorously to refer to accepting an idea or changing a preference due to popularity, peer pressure, or persuasion. In recent years, it has evolved further to mean extreme dedication to a cause or purpose, so extreme that one would “drink the Kool-Aid” and die for the cause. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_the_Kool-Aid
Use your noggin and think about what you are reading, hearing or agreeing to. Is it something that makes sense? Like with my morning message that Birds Aren’t Real – you can go through a process of questioning what that means and if it is a true statement or not.
If something is not right or wrong on the surface, dig further into it by doing research. Once you discover some real information, then you can go another step and ask yourself – What’s the flip side of this statement or movement? Never just assume that something is true just because it’s on the internet or someone you know says it – question everything. If it’s hurtful or harmful to others or yourself, then you are better off not drinking the kool-aid.
Background: On November 18, 1978, Jones ordered that the members of RepresentativeLeo Ryan‘s party be killed after several defectors chose to leave with the party. Residents of the commune later committed suicide by drinking a flavored beverage laced with potassium cyanide; some were forced to drink it, some (such as small children) drank it unknowingly. Roughly 918 people died. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_the_Kool-Aid