“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” – Jim Morrison
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Sparkling eyes and broken hopes, throbbing heart and cautioned mind… we are warned, deterred, and lectured to be among the ‘fit-ins’; misfits attract angst, despondency, altercation, and misery. Shepherds are whooping while sheep are getting programmed. Collectivism is winning over individualism. We all are brainwashed to worship the exemplary demon. We are deceivingly convinced to shed our thick maverick skin and become a ‘Square Peg in a Square Hole. ’
Individualism is a habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant; the independence to be self-actualised. Unfortunately, we are actualised by the lust of social acceptability, making man a clone of the one who falls under the higher acceptability standards. Everyone is programmed to get educated in a certain manner, work for a specific profile and live a domestic life in a customary way.
We are an amazing set of people, stuffed with dreams and hopes, conditioned to pursue our handicapped individuality to be aided by the societal norms and acceptances. After transcending the adolescent phase, we claim to be affected by practicality of this world. That ‘reality’ and ‘practicality’ is just an excuse for entering into our comfort zone, the shell in which we want to curl up and feel warm. The shell of ‘social acceptance’: where our sparkling colours of individuality fades into the gloomy bolshevism.
They will influence, bully, and tempt you to trade your individuality and accept the so called ‘practicality’ of this world. They will set the standards, calling upon you to regulate your opinions, customise your corporate attire, filter your vocabulary, and modify your body language. Your reading preferences and conversations will change according to the gatherings around you. So what is the bigger picture?… the deal is to celebrate rawness. If you want to wear blue with yellow, do that; if you love to click a pouty selfie, be fearless. Go and buy that pink shirt and read Mills and Boons, if that heals your soul. Individuality never demands a revolution, it demands an introspection.
Now you fear failure, what if you go mad and become individualistic, you will lose opportunities, means to live your life comfortably and it will break dreams of your investors: your parents. Don’t be insecure of your individuality, go out and claim it. The real taskmaster will respect it. And that’s the fun of having the grey matter, you can have your own thoughts, analysis, judgements, and perspective- express them, be relentless. Don’t let the obvious fool you, you have had enough of compunctions, it’s time to go and claim your identity… it’s time to be a plebeian in the eyes of pseudo-superiors.
Growing older and wiser means nothing more than discovering yourself. You were born to be yourself. Keep that motto intact. Leaving your individuality for social acceptability and then growing old and mature to discover yourself again, is too much of a vicious circle to be entered for the entire lifetime. See the smile on the face of the old lady, she just realised that she is free from the toxic ‘acceptability game’ of this world, she is old and thats her excuse to be mad, mad for the majority and sane for the preachers of individuality.
“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche