Society Kills Individuality

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We are all different. We are each unique. Doesn’t seem like it? Well it’s true. We just don’t see much of this difference because there is a hindrance that stops us from differentiating ourselves. This hindrance gets to us before we know it. It’s called the society.

We always struggle with what’s acceptable in society and what’s not. Sometimes we are unaware of this struggle, because we are so brainwashed with this upbringing. Sometimes we think we do things for ourselves, but really, we act in ways that we think would only be okay in a society. Sometimes acting that certain way is not the way we really WANT to act.

Because of the society, we are afraid to act the way we want. We hold ourselves back because we don’t want to be judged or criticized by people. We have to act this certain way so that we can be accepted. But here’s the thing. This “certain way” is boring. Because of these hidden rules of the society that we’ve carved into our minds, we act the same every day and we see others act the way we do every day. We see nothing new.

BORING.

Society is very slowing killing individuality.

Society defines us not by who we are, but by WHAT we are. We have to be SOMETHING. To look a certain way, act a certain way, dress a certain way, etc.
But it is true. The society is stronger than an individual. Therefore, because of the society, the individual’s fear of expressing himself would build up and will eventually take over. The fear would take away a person’s free choice and security. This individual would then be afraid of showing who they really are and what they really want.

God made us Homo sapiens. In Latin, “Homo Sapien” means the “thinking man.” God let us think for ourselves. We were all made differently. We have different thoughts and we can express them in a number of ways. It can be through fashion, music, art, writings, etc. But because of the society, we are afraid to take opportunities to try new things. We are blocked by insecurity and the feeling of discomfort. We are afraid of disapproval or other people’s opinions. We are afraid of the bad remarks and comments on what we really like to do. Because of the society, we have the fear of stepping out of our comfort zones and taking opportunities to be who we want to be. The problem with this world is our lack of expression and our excessive amount of judgement. We need to open our minds before our mouths.
Forget the society. YOU are important.
I went to camp once and someone asked me, “What is the most valuable thing you brought?” It was a trick question, and the answer was “Myself”. I came to realize that I am more valuable than everything else I brought. We feel like our gadgets are very important, but those are useless when they are compared to ourselves. I hold the experiences, I hold the memories. I brought myself to the realization of the importance of my own value.

“There is only one of you in all time… Keep the channel open” – Martha Graham

I came to grasp the fact that I can contribute to the world. Such a contribution I believe I can make, even as such a small dot on earth. I need to release my own ideas, for I am unique and someone else in the world may never have them. I am important; I am valuable; I should never take myself as less important than something else.

Think for yourself and don’t let the society make the decisions for you. Do what you love to do and don’t listen to others’ judgements. We should never be afraid of showing people who we truly are.

Created: Mar 28, 2012

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