People with a healthy ego think of themselves as good people. But good exists relative to bad, and it becomes a psychological necessity to find other people who are worse off than we are. Comparing ourselves to each individual person that we know would be a complicated process. A convenient shorthand is to compare our group with some other group. Hence, reasoning such as: the students in our school are better than students from other schools. It feels good to belong to a superior group.
I am quoting almost verbatim from Dave Arnott’s Corporate Cults. These psychological tricks we play on ourselves are seductive, and are enemies of clear thinking. Corporate Cults is a book that talks about how corporate organizations are taking over the lives of their workers. For example, the games and activities that an organization holds outside of work is not as innocuous as we think. According to Dave, these activities separate the individual from the community and more strongly binds them to the organization. It was one of those sociological points that I find fascinating. These ideas almost sound like conspiracy theories, but were probably organized simply as a way for workers to have fun and to get to know their colleagues better. Nonetheless, the fun and games aren’t as simple as we think.