Being Real...Does it matter?




If you are reading this right now, there is a good chance that you have an obsession with searching for the "truth". What is real and important?  What is the meaning of life?  Who am I? What is my purpose? These questions have run through my head since childhood.

Thoreau's words, " Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth," have had a profound impact on my life.  I try very hard to be authentic.  I do not place importance on trendy, mainstream, and pop culture ideas. I do not watch the same television shows as everyone else, actually I don't watch any at all, I don't wear the latest fashion trends, and I don't even rebel fashionably. No tattoos, body piercings, or super-sized holes in my ears.  Not that there is anything wrong with those things, but they just aren't me.  These things just do not add value to my life.

So, my question to you- does it matter?  Why is it that people like us want to resist our society's pressure to conform?  In the end why shouldn't we just mindlessly live the American dream?  I think it does but I'm not asking a hypothetical question.  I'd like for you to please respond in the comments.  I want to learn from this question. Pass this around. Let's get as much input as possible so that we may all learn from each other.


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8 comments:

  1. I think it might be easier and possibly more enjoyable to lead a life as it says in The Great Gatsby... of a beautiful fool." But some of use are cursed with intellect and personal integrity and so we have to take the hard road... hopefully it benefits humankind in the long run.

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  2. I agree. For me, I must. It is too painful in a numbing sort of way to just go along. When I settle or conform, I feel dull, then a part of me screams "What are you doing?". Thanks for the thoughtful response Diane.

    Dan Garner
    ZenPresence.com

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  3. I love that you don't go down the non-conformity road as an expression of your non-conformity. :) Have you read 'The Razor's Edge'? I think you've got a little Larry in you.

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    1. I have not read it. I looked up a description. Looks like I'll have to read it. Don't know how I missed that one.

      Thanks,
      Dan
      ZenPresence.com

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  4. Non-conformity should be a byproduct of the life you love to live, instead of vice-versa.

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    1. And a product of the questions you ask, like why?

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  5. Why not follow the trendy? Probably because at the end of the day, I will not wish I conformed more, had more things, was up to date in all the worldly matters. What will matter to me is did I love well, was I truly the agent of happiness to myself and others, did contentment master my heart and mind, did I learn the spiritual lessons I was meant to learn on this round of the journey? That is what matters most to me and can only hope and work towards those ends.

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  6. i think, if you want to conform to something do it if you really want to. after all its what you want to do...you could say by not conforming youre conforming because its "cool" to not conform? if you catch what im throwing.

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