I took this photo in France in April. The line is a column of caterpillars from the pine processionary moth. These creatures migrate en masse to pupate, and do so in a line where each creature holds the rear end of the one in front of it. You can(with gloves, as they are quite toxic, and their hairs are a severe irritant) link them into a circle so that they literally go round and round for hours.
Leaving aside the wonder of nature, step back and think about current human behaviour. We’re no different to these little caterpillars, blindly following our leaders, naively believing they know the way. In essence, we take it on trust that the people we follow have a better idea of where we as a society need to be going.
Along the path were many such processions, some inching their way to the grass on the other side, but many were squished into mulch by bicycles and feet. Following the leader does not protect them from harm, and their soft carcasses might have been covered by irritant hairs, but wider and wilder forces were at work.
If you have driven in thick fog, you might have noticed the inclination to hang onto the tail lights of the vehicle in front of you. It’s normal human behaviour, to follow a leader.
But it might be time to pay closer attention ourselves to the road ahead.