Ah, but isn't that just what "they" taught you? One can make a great life and a good living reaching out to a tiny minority of compatible people. So the general rule of popular demand is irrelevant to individual success.
If we put ourselves in a position to be judged, then we have given "them" power to judge us. But if what matters most is that I am true to myself, then "they" have nothing I want more than my own integrity, and then "they" have no power over me.
How often are you NOT in a position of being judged? We are judged by our parents, our kids, our bosses, our friends and by society itself. Our actions and character are judged. We don't put ourselves there. We are born there. Acceptance is answer.
If they have authority, it is because we give it to them. And who are they? We choose? Some give authority to others in the realms of politics or the military; others in religion; others in scholarship.
Let us claim our own authority and realize that there is no "they" or "them." We're all here together. Let's do our best, each and all.
I think I understood what you have mentioned; the plurality of "they" possesses a synergy by their togetherness and this synergy is their power. However if it is theirs does that mean that "they" doesn't have it any more?
But not all synergy is positive. Two working together can have negative synergy called lose-lose. When synergy is not positive, I walk away. That is called win-win-or-no-deal. See my hubs on Habit 6 Synergy, and Habit 4, Win-Win, of Covey's 7 Habits.
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