Friday, June 25, 2010
"A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Conformity. The compliance with standards, rules, or laws has taken over individuals so that they can be socially accepted. Ironically, society pushes uniqueness because people are free. But when people are free to do what they please, they usually imitate each other. It is most times easier to conform and become the modern day cliché but is it comfortable? Is it even natural?
My friend, Taryn, jokingly said that "We must destroy the status quo because the status is not quo." And my response to that was, "What does quo even mean?!" I couldn't figure out a definite definition of the word "quo" but some might not know what the phrase "status quo" even means. The term is derived from the original Latin "statu quo". Literally translating to "the state in which", the Latin term means the current or existing state of affairs. The way to maintain this status quo is to keep things the way they presently are. But the only way to keep everything the same is if everyone does the same thing and no one changes...right?
An unknown author said, "Don't think you're on the right road just because it's a well-beaten path." And Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." If you feel like something could be better, do something different! Because, as Doug Floyd said, "You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note." Which is true. Harmony in a piece is more complex than just a melody but with harmony you might end up with a better song.
Remember, following someone's footsteps isn't always wrong. Just remember to BE YOUR OWN PERSON. Be-YOU-tiful. Always. Doing that is extremely important and you should never lose yourself. There is no need to completely conform because when it comes to living your own life, originality is vital.
So if someone tells you to stick to the status quo, just do what you feel is right. Don't let the idea of conformity enslave you.
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss
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