Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Thoughts on "Originality"

Humanity is a social beast and has survived because we have the ability to adapt ourselves to our environment. If my environment requires that I confine myself to a loose set of social norms, that is what I have to do. There are those that actively relish stretching the boundaries, such as the counter culture, but outright denial that the line exists or step way beyond them is naive and ill advised. I feel such people lack a certain kind of strength. They do not conform to society because they can't. I see this as weakness, a lack of will. Society dictates that these people suffer from personality disorders or antisocial tendencies. Of course, society is a human construct and what is “correct” varies from individual to individual. The point is, it serves no useful purpose to view it from a perspective of right or wrong, but from the perspective of is.
This is the way things are. If one chooses to live among other social humans, one must conform to their methods and principles. Luckily, most of the world does not live under a fascist regime, at least North America doesn't, at any rate, so certain liberties are permitted with respect to individual tendencies. That is to say, I do not advocate that someone cover up their true personality or tastes with a socially-approved mask. I feel that major interests that lie far towards the ends of the social spectrum, yes, those should be kept hidden but the rest is fair game.

6 comments:

  1. I do not really enjoy the socializing game.

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  2. Change the text to white please hard to read.

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  3. What a good way to put the truth!

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  4. Good post. You need to change your font color so it is easier to read though.

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  5. There's so such thing as originality. Everything has been done at least once.

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