In the middle of a 3 mile jog listening to Guru from Gangstarr he commented, “Association breeds simulation.” This phrase rolled around my head the rest of the run. Once home I did, like the rest of the world, and googled both words.
Association is a group of people organized for a joint purpose (google). Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time (google). The act of following model behaviors/actions for a selected abstract system or process (google).
We’ve all heard our mother’s preach, “If your friends jump off a bridge will you.” Of course no sane person is jumping off a bridge. The real answer to the symbolic “bridge” question is, in time. We deliver our behaviors at first to whom we are. As we associate with a group we gradually absorb to the beliefs/behaviors of the group. Once the group purpose is embraced we are now part of the association. In time, we soon align with those behaviors. If we are true to ourselves we can see this. We’ve all done this before. Soon our behaviors simulate that of the pre-created model of the group. We’ve now unknowingly gave up our controls to the simulator.
This is nature at its core. There isn’t any wrong here. The question to ask ourselves is, does this association extract who I am and who I want to be? Are these pre-created behaviors emphasizing how I want to act? Then move forward embracing these answers.
“We are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn