Socially Displaced

“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.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Will any of us ever have a place in society? Society has created building blocks that teaches us to try and change who we are to be accepted by our fellow civilians. But are we truly made for that? Because clearly trying to make yourself appealing to the next person is out right stupid. When did being a individual become outlawed? I can speak on this from experience. I come from a culture where you are frowned upon for being a individual. But who can you blame for those thoughts? Their family, friends, their society or television?

It can stem from many things and it would hard to pinpoint one single matter because all those things have an effect on the individual as a whole internally and physically. No one ever taught them to be an individual or tell them to step out the box. They were told to idolize the rich folks mannerisms and ways of life. And if you lived life to be like them, then you would also be rich.

Don’t get me wrong, education, manners, taking care of responsibilities and cultural values where prioritized. But yet, the complex of individuality was dawned upon. I come from a family of highly educated individuals and some of those people have learned to become an individual through experiences. But some of them are still lost or better yet, socially displaced.

In my culture, cultural values are what you live and die by. No matter what, you never forget your culture and where you came from. I love that but, now I see myself fighting to step away from my culture and become an individual. Its a fight I have been fighting since I graduated high school. I am 24 years old and that fight is still alive. I was born and raised in America but, I still have the presence of Africa instilled in me.
As I grow older and wiser, I find myself stepping away from my culture, still embracing it. But embracing it in a different way. I would then be considered socially displaced amongst them because in a sense I am exiling myself from the culture. Which is not true.

I know many people may feel the same way I do in different cultures. But it is amazing to see how their is an “unwritten rule” for how people should view you when you rather embrace your culture versus get stuck in the silly cultural values that may hinder you from stepping out in society.

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