Monday, May 28, 2012

Controlled Conformity

Doug Fister has the shittiest luck in the world.
Being born with that name is difficult on it's own.
Keep your head up though big guy.
You're still a badass.

Conformity.
The concept that creates both college-age Abercrombie wearing douches and bitchy goths.
The concept is bullshit.
There are legitimate reasons to follow the general consensus.
If everyone is waiting at a corner while the walk sign is on, there's probably a good reason for that.
Or a group of shitbags are attempting to corner a girl into giving up her number.
That's gonna bite her in the ass.
But it also illustrates my point.

In general it's a good idea to follow social norms.
If not, you're that kid everyone remembers from high school because of the "bathroom stall" incident.
However, if you let collective agreement get in the way of personal common sense, you either become bland or fucking depressed.
As you should.
We did not evolve, both physically and socially, by remaining dormant and passive.
We also did not by recklessly doing stupid shit.

Do you remember that poem by Robert Frost The Road Not Taken?
By the way, stop fucking writing poems.
They are boring as shit.
Here's the relevant passage that you've all heard at least once:

  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference. (18-20)
What were you told your whole life?
Probably that it's a non-conformist message.
Is it?
My dickhead of a history teacher in high school made a pretty good point.
No judgement is given of either path taken.
Our collective conscience remembers it as non-conformist, so we conform to that opinion.
Trippy.

What's the fucking point?
Express yourself, but keep in mind that there are legal and social laws for a reason.
Which should be broken and which followed?

Don't be a dumbass.

Peace.
JF

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