According to Kurt Vonnegut
Frank [Wirtanen] warned me against following anybody.
Thinking the guy up ahead knows what he’s doing is the most dangerous religion there is.
Native Americans sometimes stampeded dozens, or even hundreds, of bison into a “plunge of death”
Typically, bison herds are led by the bigger bulls (males) in their prime, with younger bulls, cows (females) and calves following behind. This social structure may not have held up during a stampede, when the normal order of things broke down. But if big bulls were at the forefront of the Bonfire stampedes they would have had an additional factor working against them when they suddenly encountered the cliff edge and tried to stop. Male bison have most of their weight centered over their front legs, an arrangement which is useful when they lower their heads and charge other bulls during battles to establish pecking order and mating rights, but not so advantageous when trying to stop quickly from a dead run.
See also “Gung Ho“, “Trapping ourselves in lives that appear to be predestined“, “Confidence men“, and the story of George Washington’s death by bleeding at the hands of his doctors.