Group dynamics prey on the primal fear of being alone. Out in the Universe, it is an ominous thing to be alone with one’s self. Groups are created to compensate for this. This works for a while. But when it comes to your spiritual progress, it is not possible to make headway while being a part of a group dynamic.
Awakening is a single lane experience. One needs to be completely individualized to transcend. That means that every thing that you know as truth is what you yourself have experienced in some tangible or intangible way.
You can get mandates from a book, or learn from the experiences of someone else. But you must be experienced in every aspect of your awakened state. That means just quoting a book or a respected sage is not exactly realizing what they are speaking about.
Quoting a book or someone else, rings of inexperience. It is like doing something because “mom said so”. Obedience is not the most aware state when delving the depth of your beingness. It is great to have someone to emulate as long as you stay accountable for your own growth every step of the world.
Group consensus is too wide a girth to fit through the doorway of higher consciousness. We will all get there. But it is through self-responsibility and accountability in every aspect of our beingness and not through denial, pointing fingers, judgement, distractions or wishful thinking. Love, kindness, compassion, integrity, sincerity and truth are a direct path to spiritual awakening.