by Bernie Quigley, for The Free Market News Network, 1/4/07
One of the first principles of the psychology of people in groups, first expressed by the father of modern psychology, William James, is that groups take their initial spark from an avatar or leader driven by the spirit. The group then selects leadership to encapsulate that spirit to bring it forward as it was originally perceived. The walls thickens over the ages and the spirit gets entrapped. No new thinking is allowed and the spirit withers. It happens in politics as well; they so love the avatar that they build a religion around him.