“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?
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.
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.