Nonconformists are the mavericks that change the world by exposing new methods of thinking or by developing inventions that result in a more vibrant society. They challenge widely accepted theories and beliefs. These free-thinkers seek the truth like we do here at wisdom4freedom. They see the corruption that has taken over and they hide their eyes like everyone else. Nonconformists take their own path in life. It’s hard to find these intriguing characters because they are the outcasts, loners, fringe dwellers and misfits.
A nonconformist is no stranger to ridicule from others. When it comes to “fitting in” some of them decide to say “fuck it!” and quit attempting to pacify society with normalcy.
“Normal” exists as much as “perfection” and both are wastes of time because they aren’t unattainable. A nonconformist lives according to their personalized philosophies. You won’t find them joining groups that have a standardized set of beliefs in place.
Nonconformists are curious, but they don’t accept spoon-fed information. They want to discover the answers for themselves. To find their own theory they explore different avenues in life like: drugs, lifestyles, philosophies, science, and life. That doesn’t mean they’re “bad people” it means they are curious about the world and aren’t scared to experiment with life. They reject nothing without trying it (within reason, of course).
It isn’t Cool to Conform.
Conformists are people who adapt, without question, to the usual practices or standards of a group. They believe everything they hear from religion, friends, their parents or the evening news. They don’t want to spend the time and effort of finding answers for themselves. Many people don’t want to know the truth, they think it is safer to stay with the herd than to stray away.
Kids learn through various cues that being different is not OK. Being different scares children (and some adults) because they were raised to think it‘s a good thing to fit in. Conformists cringe at the thought of not “fitting in”, it makes them nauseous to even think about being ostracized from friends and possibly family.But really why would you want to hang around some assholes who refuse to accept you for who you are… even if they’re your parents.
In the past, society punished nonconformists for their free-thinking behaviors.
Thousands of nonconformists were tortured, and even murdered, just for being different. This is especially true for female nonconformists in the Salem witch trials, Marie Curie and Joan of Arc. I’m glad I live in the current time because I would of been torched if I lived back then.Today, people have changed their fear of “the different” to an awe-struck, curiosity. In fact, studies show that people think nonconformists are sexier than their standardized opponents. People are attracted to those that are confident enough to be different from everyone.
Being a nonconformist has its risks, but at least today, you won’t be snatched up and burned at the stake. You might just get more dates?
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche stated that “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
Albert Einstein knew this truth from experience when he said “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrity. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary.”
Some nonconformists choose to leave society so they avoid the abuse, mockery and ruthless teasing. Not because the conformists (and their attempts to manipulate others into conformity) actually effect them but because they don’t need the added stress, distractions and don’t feel the need to blend in with society anyways. They’re too busy following their dreams. They prefer to watch safely from afar as everyone in society continues to march blindly into ignorance and destruction.
Too much conformity deadens the human spirit
People can eventually forget who they even are if they conform long enough. Conformity may feel safe and cozy but the price you end up paying is living your life for others, not yourself. So, don’t expect any group to show you the meaning of your life or to tell you the “correct” way to live. We’re all individuals, we shouldn’t adopt every thought or belief of a group.
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Fortunately, YOU are in complete control of your thoughts and beliefs.
Only your thoughts can change your life so perhaps you should re-think who’s thoughts you’ve adopted as your own? Are you living how you want to live? Where you are spending your time and money and how much stock you are putting into stranger’s opinions?
Do what you feel is right. Buy things that you like. Appearing like the others is detrimental to you and an insult to your unique soul.
We are here (on Earth) to find our true talent, our uniqueness and to let it blossom — regardless of anyone’s opinion.
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