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 don’t accept society’s thought patterns or behaviors.
They’re the outcasts, loners, fringe dwellers and misfits.
Nonconformists challenge widely accepted theories and beliefs. These free-thinkers seek the truth, and many find it. They see the corruption that has taken over, so they turn their back on society and take their own path in life.
A nonconformist is no stranger to ridicule from the group. When it comes to “fitting in”, some eventually decide to say “fuck it!” and quit attempting to pacify society with “normal” behavior.
“Normal” exists as much as “perfection” and both aren’t worthy of time or energy because they aren’t unattainable. A nonconformist lives according to their personalized, beliefs. They won’t join groups with a standardized set of beliefs. This eliminates all political parties and religions.
Nonconformists are curious, but they don’t want to be spoon-fed information. They discover the answers for themselves. To find their own theory they explore different avenues regarding things like: drugs, lifestyles, philosophies, science, and life. They reject nothing without trying it (within reason, of course).
It isn’t Cool to Try and “Fit In”
Conformists are individuals that 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 are your parents.
In the past, society punished nonconformists for their free-thinking behaviors.
Luckily people have changed their fear of “the different” to an awe-struck, curiosity. In fact, studies prove that men and women (no matter what sexuality) today find nonconformity in potential partners to be sexier than their standardized opponents.
Being an influential, 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 mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary.”
Some nonconformists choose to leave society in order to avoid the abuse, mockery and ruthless teasing. Not because the conformists (and their attempts to manipulate others into conformity) actually affect them but because they don’t need the added stress, distractions and don’t feel the need to blend in with society anyways.
They are too busy in following their dreams and paving uncharted paths. 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 eventually forget who they even are. 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 are each individuals and we cannot assume every attribute of a group. Friedrich Nietzsche once said “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
Fortunately, you are in complete control of your thoughts and beliefs.
Although it can take an enormous amount of inertia to stop living the way we’ve adapted to and to begin living the way you feel is right.
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? No.
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.