Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dare to Be Different

What is so bad about being different? Other than the fact you risk being abandoned by your peers, nothing.

Throughout my life and many others lives as well being different has been an uphill struggle.
While others go to extremes to "belong", dressing the same, acting the same, in general being a part of the mass of humanity I refer to as the Sheep, I prefer the non-sheep approach.

Having over 40 years in the rebel business has taught me not to fall into the trap of needing group acceptance to qualify my existence. I do not need any ones approval to proceed through my life.

Quite the opposite can be said for the other 95% of the population. There from grade school on through High School, there are people who as a life goal, must be accepted by the group or they are tragically and forever scarred by the rejection.

An incredibly large amount of people long for acceptance by peers, but is that helpful for the advancement of us humans as a species? Being part of group thinkers has established rules and accepted terms to be applied to anything they do. They are like a flock of birds that all turn at the same time in flight, never varying, always together, flowing like an avian river in the sky.

The same can be said for sheep people (sheeple). there is always a leader,and that leader calls the shots, right or wrong, the sheeple are compelled to follow the leader. To me this way of thinking, submitting your independence to someone you believe is in the know somehow reduces your human individuality.

Why forfeit your independence for group think? Because it is safer to do so, the leader knows what is best, we are safe under his wing of leadership. Well to me this is the lazy way through life. Life is a challenge for all of us, those challenges, when overcome, produce rewards one of which is the ability to exist on your own, without depending on others, who incidentally might not have YOUR best interest in mind.

We must all strive to be individuals first. We must not turn our minds over to the masses.
When we can carve our own path through life we find the group think is no longer need as a crutch to our existence. We can stand on our own.

There is no time in life for insecurity, it is too short. Throw off the bonds of surrender to the group, and be forever free to think as an individual.

Dare to be different!

34 comments:

O'Reilly said...

I'm different. So what are you going to do about it?

DEN said...

Welcome you to the neighborhood!

Gerald said...

I hope to share with you three articles and my hope is that they in some way catch the theme of Dare to be Different, if not, than I dared to be different.

Gerald said...

Rupe, say it ain't so!

Gerald said...

Hypocrites Al and Jesse

Gerald said...

Let's Go, Chickenhawks

Gerald said...

I choose to be more of a maverick so I've added a fourth article.

Growing Immorality

Gerald said...

Because of our major responsibility for this mess, the moral course of action includes, in part, protecting (including allowing to immigrate) those who cast their lots with the United States. But, it is highly immoral to ask US soldiers to risk life and limb marching up and down the Pork Chop Hill streets of Baghdad and Fallujah. Every day that continues, the immorality grows. Having now been handed responsibility by the electorate, every day Democrats' "await the ISG report" is a day of creeping complicity.

Gerald said...

The Most Dangerous Man in the World

Gerald said...

Dick Cheney is a danger to himself and all around him. He is a cancer on the White House. Whether he succeeds or not in starting the horrific wars he champions, it is a startling fact that he is even trying. The fact that he has any chance at all to succeed and is the second most powerful man in the country easily makes him the most dangerous man in the world.

Gerald said...

This Iraq war is not temporary

DEN said...

Cheney is no better than a cold blooded killer, advocating bloodshed for a fatter wallet.

Halliburton rakes in the no-bid contract moneys, Cheneys bank account gets bigger. Being cold, ruthless and calculating is NOT an American value.

Gerald said...

This whole Iraq fiasco never made any sense to me!

Representative Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who is losing the chairmanship of the Armed Services Committee at the end of the year, said at a news conference that rather than sending more American troops, he favored redeploying Iraqi units from largely calm areas to Baghdad and other violence-ridden sections of the country.

"The idea of having the Iraqi battalions that we've stood up and trained 50 to 100 miles away, in areas that are peaceful, simply staying in their barracks while we put together new rotations of Americans to take their place, simply doesn't make sense," he said.

We will just let Americans die to spread Islamic rule in Iraq and for a democracy that will never be.

Where was the gutless Duncan Hunter before now? Why did he not choose to be different? Duncan Hunter, you are a chickenshit politician who is complicit in the slaughter of our American soldiers.

Gerald said...

U.S. v Bush

Gerald said...

And when you read it, bear this in mind: If we pressure Congress hard enough it will do the investigations early next year that will lead to impeachment and later criminal prosecution for these crimes. And the investigations have the potential to reveal much more evidence, but -- as De la Vega has shown better than anyone else I've seen, and as she thoroughly documents – there is already more than enough evidence on the table to justify a criminal indictment or a political indictment, also known as an impeachment.

Gerald said...

HITLER BUSH IS A MASS MURDERER AND A WAR CRIMINAL!!!!!!!!!!

Alan said...

Th 60s, Iron Butterfy, Steppenwolf, anything hard rock, best music ever!

Oh hell yeahhh! I agree. Add The Cream and tho it's slightly later, Led Zep, and you have all my fav groups.
K, in Texas, if you listened to those, you were diff and an outsider... so I know how you feel. Before it was hippies vs cowboys, 'round here it was surfers vs cowboys. I used to mess with their heads and wear my "Rick's Surfboards" t-shirt with my Tony Lama cowboy boots (tangerine with brown tips). I withstood both 'wars', as a surfer first, and a hippie later... mainly because the rednecks knew me as being just as redneck as them. They knew which ones they could pick on and not have to worry about them standing up for theirselves. Plus... shhhhh, alot of those cowboy/rednecks secretly came to me for their pills and pot... but don't tell their cowboy buddies. haha Alot of them were jealous of the 'free love' and liberal lifestyle of us hippies, but couldn't dare admit it. This was TEXAS we're talking about!
*more laughs*

Gerald said...

Please read this article

Gerald said...

People will tell you that it can't be done. They will tell you that you can't stop the flow of corporate and special interest money to political parties and candidates. That is a lie perpetrated by people that want to keep the status quo. Don't believe it, it can be done. Those people that say it can't be done are suspect. We as a nation can do anything if we want to bad enough. We can beat two massive world powers on two fronts (WWII). Send people to the moon, cure TB and polio unlock the human genome. We can even defeat terrorism instead of just trying to make money on it. There is not much that American's can't do if they have the will. This Thanksgiving, give thanks that we still have time to reclaim our birthright from those that would take it from us.

DEN said...

Alan, I grew up on the opposite end of I-35, No. Minn. Isolated from the rest of the world by location the radio was the only thing that made sense, and the music thereon.

WLS, Chicago, KAAY, Little Rock at nite let me know the world was a lot bigger than the Northwoods. Before FM was up and running there in the 70's it was AM. Rock was the only music for me and all through the sixties, my mind was expanded by the music alone.(Too far away from civilization for drugs then)

Rock today like Coldplay, David Gilmore and many others still rock my world, XM channel 40 with Tom Pettys and Bob Dylans programs are my music of choice now, oldies and new stuff. A lot of great music is produced in troubled times, we are riding the wave right now!

Jeanne said...

Alan,
I used to listen to Motown. I LOVED it. But I couldn't talk about it because I lived in a very WHITE city. They were dangerously racist. My husband had to go Minneapolis to find the R and B music he liked. Funny thing is...I think everybody liked the music but nobody could talk about it. Stupid. Very stupid mentality.

Jeanne said...

Den,
Did you see that special on Bob Dylan? They talked about the influence living in Duluth had on him. Very interesting. You can hear country in his music and sometimes I swear a hear a hint of polka.

Jeanne said...

Gerald,
Did you watch Democracy Now. Seymour Hersh was talking about Cheney. Cheney is so far beyond acceptable. And he doesn't appear in public so he doen't care what the public thinks. He sends his wife out. He sends George W and his dad out. How about if he goes out in front a large crowd that hasn't been checked out first. He wouldn't do that because the guy brave enough to start a war and send boys to die isn't brave enough to face responsibility.

DEN said...

Jeanne, What special? I missed it.

Jeanne said...

I think it was the one on PBS. It was directed by Martin Scorsese. It's amazing how I butcher that guys name. I can never remember how to spell it. He also directed the Last Waltz. If you haven't seen that rent it. It's great.

DEN said...

Cool Jeanne, thanks, I like Bob.
Anyone that can come out of "The Range" with all their marbles is OK by me.

Ever see North Country? Pretty typical of the "Rangers", lost world up there.

Carey said...

Jeanne.

Really, I think you got it right. I hate it when I can't spell words. Is it aging?

Den,

This is what I teach my child, every day. It's really bithchen to be different.

By the way,you've become popular. Neato!

Jeanne said...

I was out with my son tonight. He's just starting in the working world. He works at the U of M. He told me he could never work in the business world. You don't have to be brilliant he said. In fact, brilliance is a hinderence. I have always thought the same thing. Creativity is a form of brilliance and business people like sheep mentality.

Jeanne said...

Carey,
Thank God for spell check. I have always been a lousy speller. My daughters take after me. Terrible spellers.

Alan said...

Well, our best rock station which has been here in Houston for about 40 years(KLOL/101 fm), all a sudden last year changed format to "Mega 101 - Latino and Proud". wtf?!! So now I mostly listen to a newer alternative rock station... "The Buzz". Check it out here...

The Buzz

You can listen online. Right now it's playing "Animal I Have Become" by Three Days Grace.

Alan said...

I listen to this one alot too.


Houston Classic Rock

Alan said...

K, you just missed "Crash Into Me" by Dave Mathews Band. Some of this new stuff is really good... tho that one isn't so new... but it's a great song. Real sessy.
*cough*

DEN said...

Alan, COOOL! I bookmarked those sites . There are so many great old rock tunes, and new ones like Dave Matthews. Just got a i-tunes update, Robert Plant has a new CD/DVD box set including some tunes from a Houston concert, looks like a greatest hits and more CD. Throw that one on the Christmas list for sure.

DEN said...

GNU POST Y'ALL!