Clique | Clique Or Click?

Among the many great things to love about living in the United States, is the fact that there is an association, organization, club, or group for just about anything you can imagine. There are people who share an interest in aliens, to people who share an interest in zebras, and people who share an interest in everything in between. The coming together with others who share the same interests can be a great way to make new friends, and a great way to experience the extrinsic values that come from being included in a group.

A clique is defined as a small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them. While cliques can offer many positive benefits, it’s the latter part of the definition that I take issue with. Not allowing others to join in on shared interests gives the appearance of building walls, and we know walls are built to keep things in, or to keep things out. Why?

In my personal observation of cliques, they also tend to operate off of a less than democratic system, meaning there are some top tier members who ultimately decide on everything the group will do. If you find yourself in a group where your input is not being valued, or where your dues are the priority, or when you ask another member if they would like to do something, and they cannot give you a yes or no answer, but respond to you saying they need to ask the other members first to see what they think, you may want to click off your membership.

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