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Monday, July 4, 2011

Conformity?

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Conformity?

I am not certain I am “out there,” but I do ponder this question:

Is being like everybody else the same as being nobody?

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24 comments:

  1. I think you are still someone, but I think you aren't being true to yourself.

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  2. If your true self is a conformist...well...

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  3. JDaniel4's Mom: I think I would have jumped to agree with your response, but then I read Jenny's, and now I must ponder this tonight.

    Jenny: Look what you have done! Now, I'm not sure. I will sleep on it.

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  4. I don't think anyone can be 'nobody', we are all somebody to someone.
    JJ.. there is only one you & there is only one me! I do however think that there are many people that try and live a life that is not 100% true to themselves. We all have to conform to a degree & live within the laws of the land but I believe we should share a bit of ourselves because that is what paints this world beautiful!

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  5. I know that finding you in the Kingdom of Bloggerdom has coloured my life just that little bit more & probably without realising it.. you have also encouraged me to open my mind. That is what makes you are good teacher!! You've worked your magic.

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  6. Katherine: I am flattered, and I never fail to learn from others. From you, I have learned much. You are one of the most compassionate human beings I have ever encountered, and that has enhanced my life greatly.

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  7. I think it's important to find a good balance. I have a friend who thinks that rules are made to be broken. I agree with Katherine in that we all have to conform to certain rules, but that should not prevent us from being who we are.

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  8. There is a sense in which we are everybody, but in that oneness there is distinct expression. We are a body, but not everyone is a toe.

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  9. In my sister's famous words of reasoning..."What brought this on? Are you feeling inadequate?"

    In the famous words of Buddha...."The mind is everything. What you think you become." Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind, and that all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states of mind.
    In the famous words of William W. Purkey...."You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth."

    — Be true to yourself.~Ames

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  10. Ames, I could be wrong and JJ will say so if I am but I don't think the question posed is because he feels inadequate.
    I think he is a master of encouraging inner thought & speculation and he set this question to provoke thought & opinions.

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  11. I think 'nobody' is not quite the right word.. If we all were alike, I think the fact that we would be un noticeable.. Having the same coloring, personality, physical traits... we would all blend together... Kind of like seeing the same flavor of ice cream in the same container...The unique is what stands out, makes us take notice.

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  12. @Katherine: I agree w/you.. JJ is just being JJ and being thought provoking as usual.. which is a good thing... :-)

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  13. Judie: Good point. In my world, balance is everything. I do not believe that rules are meant to be broken, but I think we should at least know what they are before we intentionally break them. I also believe one can, and should, conform to societal rules for the benefit of all. I would hope to maintain my my individuality while respecting everyone's rights.

    Suze: We think alike. I agree with you. I always attempt to be "one with the Earth." It is my Way. However, in non-mystical English, I go with the flow. I am not the Earth, nor am I resigned to being simply a piece of it. I hope to remain at peace with my surroundings, while adding to it. It does not make me better, but my distinct expression makes me an individual.

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  14. Ames: Tell sis not to worry. I do not ever hesitate to make all my mistakes. The main reason I never feel inadequate is that I never quit, so I never fail.

    Kath: Thank you for being you.

    KBF: I agree. I believe there was an episode of Twilight Zone years ago that centered on that exact theme.

    I wish our education system would realize that we are all different. There is no one-size-fits-all lesson plan.

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  15. JJ, that is exactly what I tell my art students. They must learn the rules of art before they consider breaking them. And, yes, there is not a "right" lesson plan for everyone.

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  16. Judie: Art is a great example. Many of my students believe they become Leonardo by throwing paint at a wall. Simple non-conformity does not make one an individual.

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  17. Interesting question. Immediately made me wonder what prompted it. Certainly you are not feeling like a nobody, are you? Conformist or not, nobody is a nobody, at least in my thinking.

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  18. Galen: Of course not. But I am a teacher inside, and if everyone who reads this concludes that "nobody is a nobody," I am happier than I was yesterday.

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  19. Nah, it reminds me of snowflakes. They are all very different from eachother, but still the same in so many ways. Then when they are all stuck together on a hillside they look exactly alike. But individually, they are still different.
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  20. Miriam: You have mastered the craft of analogy.

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  21. Nobody is the same as everyone else and who would want to be anyway? Not me.

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  22. KB: I agree with you, but how about all the young girls who try to emulate the models they see on TV, the young boys who try to be just like the athletes that don't necessarily have the greatest values, or the Hollywood groupies that have no original body parts? To me, that sad.

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  23. I have been known to do things just because they are different from what others are doing. This can be a bit crazy, but has been good for me as well.
    No one likes to feel as if they blend in so much that they are never noticed, nor do we enjoy feeling so odd that we never fit in either. It's a balance, I suppose.
    I remember when I was in college and Alternative Music was the thing. I made a point of asking people, "If everybody's listening to it, how can it be Alternative?!" It seems like many things start out as something that is unique and then get discovered and most of us like that thing and then it's common....

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  24. 'Yellow Rose' Jasmine: Yes, that is exactly correct. I look at the teenagers today, all of whom claim to be individuals, and I see masses of conformists. I do understand dress styles, fads, etc. However, I do not understand following the crowd, especially when it comes to decisions that affect other people.

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