Individual thought makes
I remember when I was younger and my parents
would ask the clichéd question, "If your friend jumped off a bridge,
would you do it, too?" The
answer to this question is that if enough
people were jumping off bridges, then yes, I would. Common sense goes right
out the window with
There's a term for this, "social reality."
It basically means that when something becomes socially acceptable it becomes
right, whether it is
legitimately right or not. I'm sure you
want some examples before you just swallow something whole — some evidence
to back up my argument.
One huge example is slavery. There was
absolutely no moral justification for that practice. It became right because
the majority believed it was
How about a more up-to-date example — why
not take fashion as an exercise in stupidity? Does it make any sense for
a woman to color her
face with various shades that it was never
meant to be? No, but women all over America are putting on make-up. I think
we should just ask the
question, "Ladies, what are you making
yourselves up for?" There's absolutely no real reason for this, but enough
people participate in it to
make it acceptable.
A reverse example would be a nudist colony.
Think of it kind of as a small sub-group of society. In a nudist colony,
you would be considered a
freak if you wore clothes. Does that mean
that wearing clothes becomes bad at that point? It just means that it is
that group's social reality.
I think I've given enough examples to prove
my point, and I'm sure some of you are wondering if I'm advocating we all
go to class naked. For the
love of God, no. Imagine your oldest professor
standing in front of the class with nothing but a smile on his face and
some chalk in his hand.
What I'm trying to advocate is individual
thought. When's the last time you broke the mold society or your parents
or your friends set out for you?
When's the last time someone told you
something was impossible, and you proved him or her wrong?
Individual thought is a necessity for this
country. Otherwise, our culture will not progress. We need invention and
progress, not stagnant debate
where no opinions are changed. At that
point, the argument is for argument's sake, and then who cares? So go out
and break down some of the
walls of social reality. Think for yourself,
innovate and have a good day.