I just saw this movie today and it was amazing. I highly recommend it for those who haven’t seen it. I have no doubt I would have got sucked into it as well; mostly from an intense desire to belong to something or to feel being a part of a tight knit community. That’s a natural human desire though for the most part but I feel like I have always lacked having a sense of community or belonging.
Lol, I don’t think you “watched the movie wrong” ;). I was actually reading about this in a *cough*wikipediaarticle*cough* about how there are two main factors that go into situations like this; one being the “frog in the hot kettle” concept (states that if the rise in temperature is gradual enough, the frog won’t notice it’s being boiled alive, aka if changes are made slowly enough, people won’t notice catastrophic damage to their country until it’s too late), the other being the fact that a need to belong to a group and conform to that group for the survival and flourishing of that community (despite better judgement, common sense, and a belief that “that could never happen to me”) is hardwired into our brain in the limbic system, which controls “emotion, behavior, motivation, and long-term memory.” It’s a VERY powerful compulsion so it makes sense that most people, including yourself (and the students in this experiment), would get caught up in it.
Another important to note about this movie is that Die Welle, the titular fanatical group, aimed at eliminating negative differences between people. This meant that if you were ever picked on, mistreated, or an outcast, you were now accepted into the fold, cared for, encouraged, and “loved” by the community. THAT is a pretty compelling reason to join if you ask me…
Well, you explained this much better than I ever could have so I will reblog this again! I need to be more well-spoken, haha.