conformity

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, conformity, consciousness, elitism, democratism, americans, communism, corporations, culturalization, and thinking

In spite of the actuality that no one who is not extraordinarily cultured can even begin to think for himself, and Americans are not even remotely cultured personalities; and in spite of the actuality that marriages, families, religions, languages, public funds, public schools and libraries and post offices and clinics and even corporations and mass-media are all forms of “communism,” Americans take “mind control” and “communism” as the horror of all horrors (witness the cyclical crusades of Red Scares, the ever-piquant Invasion of the Body Snatchers, etc.).  But in spite of such a phobia against losing proprietary control of their “own” minds, Americans are one of the most cult-prone, mass-organized and –manipulable collectivities that has ever existed, as abject and pathos-besotted conformists down to their slavish toenails.  In the early nineteenth century De Tocqueville already observed this striking phobia among Americans against standing alone and thinking for oneself.  The bonds of subrational control over us are more potent than ever precisely because the critical culture, the “know thyself” that would make such controls accessible to conscious evaluation, has withered to nothing, eaten away by democratist fear of “elitist” critical intelligence and proprietarist neglect of and contempt for public education.

Kenneth Smith

Source: http://www.tcj.com/?p=548

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Mr. on non conformists, conformity, and misunderstood

Non conformists are often misunderstood.

Mr. Prophet

Source: Mr. Prophet

Contributed by: Mr.

A Quote by James Ray on unique, conformity, style, and inspiratioin

"The most difficult battle you ever fight is the battle to be unique in a world that will marshal its every force to keep you the same."

James Ray

Source: www.galadarling.com

Contributed by: mermaid

A Quote by The Bible on life, conformity, and faith

What good is it for one to gain the whole world, yet forfeit one's soul?

The Bible

Source: Jesus

Contributed by: vicky

A Quote by Vance Havner on christianity, conformity, and austerity

A soft and sheltered Christianity, afraid to be lean and lone, unwilling to face the storms and brave the heights, will end up fat and foul in the cages of conformity.

Vance Havner

Contributed by: nickstreet36

A Quote by unknown on conformity

You were born an original. Don't die a copy.

unknown

Contributed by: Ida

A Quote by Jerry Garcia on individualism, conformity, and society

All I know is, if you listen to society, you'll never get anywhere!

Jerry Garcia

Source: not known

Contributed by: Marcus Surrealist

A Quote by zaadzster_1 on herds, herdmanity, society, groups, conformity, groupthink, conformism, christianity, taoism, hinduism, buddhism, religion, capitalism, communism, socialism, individuality, individual, authentic, being authentic, fear, fear of t

We're all afloat in a boundless sea, and the way we cope is by massing together in groups and pretending in unison that the situation is other than it is.  We reinforce the illusion for each other.  That's what a society really is, a little band of humanity huddled together against the specter of a pitch black sea.  Everyone is treading water to keep their heads above the surface even though they have no reason to believe that the life they're preserving is better than the alternative they're avoiding.  It's just that one is known and one is not.  Fear of the unknown is what keeps everyone busily treading water.  All fear is fear of the unknown.  If someone in such a group of water-treaders betrays the group lie by speaking the truth of their situation, that person is called a heretic, and society reserves its most awful punishments for heretics.  If someone decides to stop struggling and just sink or float away, every possible effort is made to stop him, not for the benefit of the individual, but for the benefit of the group.  To deny at all costs the truth of the situation.

Jed McKenna

Contributed by: shawnmichel

A Quote by Ayn Rand on conformity, herd behavior, herdmanity, individualism, creativity, sacred, and truth

"Why is it so important--what others have done? Why does it become sacred by the mere fact of not being your own? Why is anyone and everyone right--so long as it's not yourself? Why does the number of those others take the place of truth? Why is truth made a mere matter or arithmetic--and only of addition at that? Why is everything twisted out of all sense to fit everything else? There must be some reason. I don't know. I've never known it. I'd like to understand."

--Howard Roark

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: The Fountainhead

Contributed by: shawnmichel

A Quote by unknown on be yourself and conformity

To be ourselves causes us to be exiled by many others, and yet to comply with what others want causes us to be exiled from ourselves.

unknown

Contributed by: Karen

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