Ownership and Wagon-Boarding
A thought occurred to me while lounging about on the internet today. Why do many people use the terms of ownership “we” and “our” to describe a group or object which they have no real ownership of? The most common example is sports fans. “We’re going to the superbowl.” Really? No, you are not going to play in the superbowl, the team is. And the cold hard truth is that the team does not need you to get to the superbowl any more than the hero of a movie or play needs applause from the audience to reach the conclusion. I don’t mean to single out sports fans here, many groups of people tend to commit this logical fallacy. Why care? It is a logical fallacy! Any such thought which prevents us from seeing the world as it truly is makes you a target for predation. I can see why a lot of people don’t care, sometimes all you lose is money.