Remember the good old days when we were told not to follow the crowd? When we were told to ” be unique,” and”embrace who we are?” These days, we hear the same thing, yet, as the days go by, it seems as if we are only being forced to do the very opposite – to be what everyone else wants us to be. Today, I’d like to share four reasons why we should stand out of the crowd.
1. The majority isn’t always right.
We’ve all heard the saying “Majority rules,” and when it comes to decision-making, it is certainly true. Looking back at history, however, we can see that the majority isn’t always making the right decision. When things like slavery are considered, it’s safe to say that simply ‘going with the flow’ isn’t always ideal. As Hitler once said:
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is how easy it is to influence the mind. After all, these words came from a man who manipulated many.
My advice here is simple. Find the truth, and hold onto it. As it is said:
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
And yes, that was a Bible quote.
2. You won’t risk losing yourself.
Many people follow the crowd in order to feel accepted. The sad truth is, in doing this, not only is it possible that you could be making someone else’s life hell, you’re doing the exact same thing to yourself. While accompanying people you have nothing in common with, you miss out of the opportunity to build solid, authentic friendships and settle for what was easier to attain. After faking it long enough, surely anyone would start to lose themselves.
3. People hide their true feelings.
If it is the fear of ridicule that makes following the crowd appealing to you, then it can be comforting to know that many people like to ‘act tough’. In other words, they might very well be fighting their own battle, and so, use a hateful tongue to hide. Regardless of the reason, we’re all flawed human beings. Therefore, no one has the right to say or even portray his/herself as being superior to anyone.
4. You can’t please everyone.
The truth is that even if you choose to change everything about yourself, someone is going to find a reason to hate you. Sometimes, all you can do is try to do the right thing and carry on with yourself.
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