Do Something Crazy…
In today’s world too many people are too focused on conforming to the norm instead of focusing on asserting their own individuality. People are so focused on appealing to other people that they either forget or completely disregard their own wants and likes for the fad of the time. Lupe Fiasco, in “The instrumental”, states this idea conformity. ( “The Instrumental” ) Although the stereotypical example of conformity is in middle-school or high-school girls, the truth is that this problem of sticking within the confined box of general norms happens at all stages of life across all genders, races, and religions. In “On Liberty”, John Stuart Mill brilliantly poses the obvious – that not only is individuality an element of a persons well-being, but also people acting in new ways benefits all of society. I believe that many tradition are important, but even tradition must leave room for new experiences and growth. Mill continues in saying that the only restrain on the liberty of a person to go against tradition and establish their individuality is that “he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.” Furthermore, each person should be allowed to go and do as they wish at their own cost. Mill states that one must work towards innovation and individuality because a lack of novelty to personal and social life is
“such the baneful consequences to the intellectual, and through that to the moral nature of man, unless this liberty is either conceded, or asserted in spite of prohibition.”
Even ideas and opinions that are wrong are helpful to the greater society because people will learn from those wrong doings. I think it is imperative in our society that we not only encourage innovation, but also that we help cultivate creativity and innovation at a young age. I believe there have been so many great minds that have been stifled because of deterrence from the greater population not listening to a new idea or machine or design… It is important to maintain tradition and to remember and learn from the past – but we should never forget what greatness to which a random idea can lead.