posted on Jun, 27 2010 @ 02:10 PM
The Death of America - Conformism
I am working on writing a article/paper about the dangers of conformity and how it is directly relating to the potential downfall of America. I would
like to gather some ideas and opinions from all of you on this subject. Feel free to post anything you like in relation to this topic. If any of you
have some good examples of conformism happening in our society, or your society (if your outside the USA), please feel free to list them here. Thanks
"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind." - Romans 12:2
Our great American society is bound to fail, not because of external threats such as terrorism or international competition, rather, because of
internal conformity. We have already become a society of conformists, who strive to meet the status quo by any means necessary. We claim to be good
patriotic citizens not because we are simply focused on the betterment of our country, but rather, because of our contribution to society by way of
working, paying taxes and obeying laws/orders. However, contributions are not solely positive actions, as there is such a thing as contributing to
negativity, especially if that contribution aides in, and/or supplies to, a greater level of conformity.
Are we really patriotic if our work is self-servant and/or contributing to a negative outcome? How can one claim they are patriotic if they work for a
military who is creating more external and internal enemies than they are 'protecting' us from? How can one claim they are patriotic if they work
for, or own, a business that contributes to a negative outcome, or aides in conforming its customer? How can one claim they are patriotic if they are
paying taxes to a system who blatently misuses that money? How can one claim they are patriotic if they obey laws, or orders, that are unjust, unequal
and/or work towards conforming others insofar as themselves? Do we not trust others to do what is right? If so, is that because we do not trust
ourselves to do what is right? If we do trust ourselves to do what is right, but not others, doesn't that say more about us, than them?
For those of us who do not see the great threat of conformity, I will supply you with its definition, as it is defined by psychology, and trust that
you can form your own opinion on this matter. Conformity is the process by which an individual's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors are conditioned
by what is conceived to be what other people might perceive. This influence occurs in both small groups and society as a whole, and it may be the
result of subtle unconscious influences, or direct and overt social pressure. People often conform from a desire to achieve a sense of security within
a group—typically a group that is of a similar age, culture, religion, or educational status. Any unwillingness to conform carries with it the very
real risk of social rejection. In this respect, conformity can be seen as a safe means of avoiding bullying or deflecting criticism from peers.
Conformity is often associated with adolescence and youth culture, but it affects humans of all ages.
[edit on 27-6-2010 by LifeIsEnergy]