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Are you a sheep? Conforming to fit in? Giving up who you are inside to feel the basic need of acceptance? How many of us can say we are an individual?
That we are, are own self, not influenced by the TV, the trends, people? Not many or almost none can.
It has become a “new trend” to be an individualist. We’re trying to be a person who stands out in the crowd and is different than all others.
Whether you are part of the Emo click, the just your averages Joe’s click, the popular click, the nerds click, the Who gives a rats arse click…
Pick any one of these, or add a new one to the list…either way we are conforming to stand out. Oxymoron?, indeed it is.
We all try to be different than everyone else…we are by nature all different; though, we are all the same too. We have the same basic needs and
wants as every other person out there. We all seek to go out of our norm and seek new things….this is how and why we find the “clicks” our
Looking at today’s kids and young adults, we’ve become fascinated with the idea of being an individual. Which, don’t get me wrong is a good
thing. Though, what I find funny is that it’s a cliché. It’s been a cliché ever since the beginning of time. Taking the stand to stand out for
ones beliefs, characteristics, and habits and not conforming to fit in, yet we all do it.
Let’s look at one of the clicks I listed above…let’s take the “Emo” group. We’ve got a whole bunch of people who are trying to be
individual by getting piercing, tattoos, coloring their hair, wearing tight cloths, wearing unique accessories all to try to stand out; Yet, they all
group together. Each person in that group is trying to be different than the other person. Maybe better, or even more life hating than the other.
Whatever it is, this group is no longer a group of individuals. You’ve got a group of people that dress the same, act the same, listen to the same
type of music and even maybe like all the same foods. They are no longer the individual they sought out to be. They are now classified as the Emo
This even goes beyond just being in a specific group. We as society conform and mold ourselves to others standards. Women conform to the ideas of what
“beauty” is, what fashions are “in” style and how we should act to fit the mold of being a woman. The same goes for men. They conform to what
a man has to act like, look like, activities you should like and how you should speak.
In my opinion, everyone is a conformist, a sheep in the way of conforming to society. We can’t help it, we all long to be accepted and treated like
an equal by our peers. Not one of us can say we are a complete individual from a group or society. We all are in some way. We can’t help but find
the things we see in the media appealing and want to buy the things that make us feel “cool” or feel like we fit in better. We can’t help it
when we pick up the new word trends come that come around, or any new trend for that matter.
So, the question is can you say that you aren’t a sheep? That you aren’t a conformist? Can you say that to its true and full extend?
Is it possible not to conform? If you choose not to conform, aren’t you conforming to another group of non conformists?
Is it in our natural ways to conform just to conform, or are we always specific on why we do conform to something?
a web site that gives an idea of why we comply to conform
is another web site on freedom and conformity
are views of social controls…conformity
Anywho....thats my .2
Lemme know what you think about it.