First, let us examine what can be understood by thought consensus.
In our world, which is the world we choose for ourselves (since we are free to go anywhere else if we want to), a phenomenon with disastrous consequences can be observed. I shall call this common manifestation thought consensus.
It seems to me that we are currently witnessing a rise in the acceptance of validity, or approval if you want, for things and events, in accordance not with our own empirical judgement but rather based on a conditioned and completely irrational collective acceptance of a fact of the matter.
In simplified terms, without approving or rejecting any existent thesis on the subject (since I currently find myself on a path of research), I am explaining the term thought consensus as follows:
A thought consensus is the result of a non-logical thought process used by (a) to make a decision on (b), where (a) already knows the opinion of (c,d,e,f,g,h...) on (b), and is influenced by that view, directly or indirectly.
a = one human being
b = a thing or an event
c,d,e,f,g,h... = the majority of humans living in the same or in a similar society with a
Whenever there is the case in which the majority of people living in similar societies (by similar I mean sharing similar values), accepts or rejects some thing, one is most likely to accept or reject the very same thing, not by will or/and rational judgement, but, unbeknownst to him or her on a conscious level, under the cruel influence of the majority or the vast majority.
Let us take the following common example:
(a) knows that (c,d,e,f,g,h...) are employed, and that they have a certain stability in work.
Since (a) is currently deciding on a career, his/ her natural option will be to imitate (c,d,e,f,g,h...), without taking into account all the other available variables (self employed, entrepreneurship, etc) - anything other than being employed, as in working for an employer.
The example above should not be understood as a representation of opinion between what is like to be employed or not employed. It is the reason one uses to make the decision that counts for us.
Is (a) deciding on becoming employed because (c,d,e,f,g,h...) are also employed, or because (a) has made a rational decision without taking into account the state of (c,d,e,f,g,h...), therefore scrutinizing his/her own subconscious activity?
The exploitation of this type of imitation takes place at an incredible large scale, and it is embedded in what I call thought consensus - a psychological function which not only tricks the mind into making a decision based on what others have already decided, but one that becomes the main player on the personal development stage.
It 'decides' on the life trajectory of billions of humans, and my argument (which will be detailed in later works) is that (i) it has intrinsic value, (ii) it is somehow linked with certain genes, and (iii), it uses fear to manipulate and propagate itself.
On (iii), as we might conclude from our example, (a) is overwhelmed by fear of doing anything different than what (c,d,e,f,g,h...) are doing, and in most cases fear will decide for him/her accordingly.
Another example is any beauty pageant or beauty contest in the world.
Such competitions where young girls are judged on their human forms, stand not only against any rational human dignity, but the appalling nature of them should be declared a violation of human rights.
Viewing a beauty contest as normal only fuels human objectification, and most people are accepting such events... because other people are accepting them as well.
Any type of analyses, whether social, psychological, philosophical or otherwise, will conclude that having some human beings judged in a formal setting based on their body shape by other humans, minimizes the value of our species.
This is what I call thought consensus - human minds directing each-other in subconscious decision-making processes, while rejecting reason.
A denial of such manifestation must be acknowledged both individually and collectively. Yet, we are somehow ignoring the phenomenon, mostly by having been tricked by it into believing that our choices, to some extent, are not the result of other people's choices but the result of our free will.
I will elaborate on this at a later date.