Rulers or ruled, there was a certain comfort and complacency in whichever clique you belonged to. The Mathletes were uncool, always would be and there was a certain charm in sharing that fate. Similarly, being a cheerleader or star quarterback was always an achievement that put you right on the top of the social food chain. However, in being compartmentalized into the “cool” and “uncool” the conformity that plagues the class stratum in high school and is perpetuated later in life. Much as I would like to say that the ‘uncool’ subsection blasted into the mainstream with a Spiderman-esque quest for liberty and justice the truth is sadly far from that.
Peeling the layers of my parents’ experience of high-school and college, the sad face of conformity comes to light. The rip-roaring sixties was the advent of the “hippie” movement. Free love and free drugs was the order of the day and many a now-responsible parent indulged. The ostensible driving force was the hippie antipathy to...
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...ger (and more unbelievable) the story about an inhuman amount of drugs taken and survived: the bigger the street cred of any bro. Similar is the fate of relationships: the more notches in the proverbial bedpost the more “bro” the bro. However, one characteristic that defines bros in the context of larger society is their constant and instantaneous need for violence. Even an accidental bump or crash into a ‘bro’ can have the gauntlet thrown; a storm of fisticuffs and belligerent violence ensues.
Although many of these groups aims to be a true voice of dissent however, precisely because their dogma is to do what the masses do not, rather than an individualistic line of reasoning, these groups fall victim to conformity within their own ranks. If people truly aspire to be individualistic it would behoove them to cast off society’s shackles and posit their own freedom.
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