Zig Zagging Zebras: How to Escape Groupthink
How is a zebra camouflaged in Africa when its coat displays black and white stripes?
Unlike the lion, the zebra does not match the aesthetic of their environment so much as they do the bedroom of a 16-year-old girl.
So why stripes?
If a lion were to attack a herd of zebras, which zebra would the lion attack?
The weakest? Not necessarily.
The lion attacks the animal it can identify.
The one that stands out.
Researchers in Africa discovered this firsthand while trying to study zebras in the wild.
They couldn’t distinguish one zebra apart from the others, so they tagged ears and spray painted haunches to make them easier to follow.
The lions promptly killed whichever animal had been identified.
Zebras are herd animals - not individuals.
Their camouflage hides them through group protection.
It’s security in numbers and similarity.
We see this in human “herds” as well.
A common language protects them, whether they’re in academia, tech, or some other field.
And if you dare to lift your head up, or leave the herd…
If you dare to be contrarian to the group, the lions will know who you are.
This herd mentality favors security over personal growth.
Groupthink over individuality.
Stability over expansion or truth.
All masked by complex language structures and rigid belief systems.
But what happens if a zebra is separated from the herd?
What keeps them alive?
How do they outrun a lion?
Keeping the predator guessing.
How might you, as a creative individual, do the same?
Because if you want to stand out, eventually you’re gonna have to leave the herd.