Q: “If everybody is doing something, it must be correct, right?”
Q: “Surely 80% of the population can't be wrong, right?”
Q: “Should we question convention?”
Q: “If we do will we be labelled as rebellious non-conformists?”
A: Wrong, wrong, yes and maybe.
I recently heard a lovely story which demonstrates the need to question conventional wisdom. The story is about a woman frantically trying to get the Christmas dinner completed for an ever gathering number of family and friends. During the preparation her 14-year-old daughter asked her why she was cutting an inch off of what seem to be a perfectly good joint of beef. The mother replied that her mother had always done it that way. The mother went on to explain to her daughter that after the off-cut piece of meat had been cooked her grandfather would enjoy eating it after it had been fried separately in a pan on the stove thus supposedly to ensure that the joint was up to standard for the family Christmas dinner.