How we cite our quotes:
Maybe he was making a big deal out of nothing, but on the other hand, there had been that feeling, that group unity. (5.85)
David is attracted to The Wave because he likes the feeling of being part of something, of being part of a team and having all that team support. And hey, there's nothing wrong with that feeling. It only becomes a problem when loyalty to a group makes you turn on yourself or the people you care about. Then it's time to reevaluate.
David knew that if he could get the team half as charged up as Mr. Ross history class had been that day, they could tear apart most of the teams in their league. (5.85)
David is super committed to his football team. No matter how much they stink up the field, he has faith that things can change.
"Community is the bond between people who work and struggle together for a common goal." (6.10)
Ben wants his students to feel loyal to each other, as a group. What nobody asks, though, is what their common goal is! The goal of The Wave is never actually stated. Students seem to assume that the goal of The Wave is simply to get larger. They begin to use strong-arm tactics to force loyalty to The Wave from people who just aren't feeling it.