We take the easy road and drink their cherry flavored drinks from the Kool-Aid stand.
When we buy into their beliefs, we are released from making difficult decisions in the future.
We believe we’ve picked the correct path in the life.
Our team is winning, we’re on our game. High fives to everyone on our Kool-Aid team.
You look upon fruit juice and water drinkers as lost souls, individuals who are wrong and miss the point.
Group members criticize their thinking, refuse to be do business with these individuals and never accept them as friends. The group talks about how the water and fruit juice beliefs are wrong and how laws should be made to banish their thinking.
You agree and support the group, believing your Kool-Aid drink is correct. Your group believes it has the right to make these judgment calls and decisions for the others.
One afternoon you take a different route home, not sure why you selected a different direction. Your feet turned left when they had always turned right.
As you approach the fruit juice stand, you smell the freshness of the fruit and walk closer to the stand for a second look. The fruit juice stand is very different from your Kool-Aid stand.
In your mind you confirm to yourself that you are correct in drinking the cherry flavored Kool-Aid and not fruit juice. The doctor said fruit juice is bad for you as it has too much sugar.
You can’t sleep, you think about your conversation and how the juice was made from real fruit and wonder if it is really healthier. The next day, your friends ask why you stopped by the fruit juice stand. You are silent and unsure how to answer. You say in a meek voice that you were “bored” and had nothing else to do, which you and friends know is not true.
You were not bored. You were curious and wanted to find out what they were doing at the fruit stand. They look different and acted different. For a moment you wanted to try something new, to see the world differently, experience life outside your group, to take risks and feel alive.
As the days past, you altered your patterned to stop by and talk with the guy at the juice stand. While visiting with him, he introduced you to a friend who had a water stand. Something simple and old fashion. You walked by the girl’s water stand and wondered who would drink plain boring water.
Weeks pass and you find yourself hanging out at the different food and drink stands. Your conversations are lively and cover a wide range of topics. Sometimes you feel guilty for talking about topics that were once forbidden. Walking home one afternoon, you start to wonder what else you were missing while hanging out at the cherry Kool-Aid stand.
As time passes you see these individuals in a different light. You wonder why your Kool-Aid friends made such a fuss about the fruit juice and water. You realize the red cherry Kool-Aid was built on false pretenses, worse yet it was built on fear.
Your friends call a meeting because they are concerned that something is wrong with you. They believe the water and juice people have converted you, they fear you have been consuming too much fruit juice and water instead of Kool-Aid.
They seek intervention from your family to help as you must reaffirm your old beliefs. Yet, against your family wishes you can’t go back. You have shed your old skin and returning to the old beliefs feels unnatural.
Every day we blindly accept beliefs without questions. We follow the herd wherever they go without questioning the merit behind the belief.
Harsh reality happens when you discover that the Kool-Aid you were drinking has no merit. The beliefs were spread by people who are afraid of change and seek to bury their insecurities under a mountain of fear.