By definition, conformity is action or behavior in correspondence with socially accepted standards, conventions, rules, or laws. What this means to me is when someone of higher ranking tells you to do something that has an effect on a whole. Conformity can either be good or bad. In V for Vendetta and "Repent, Harlequin" there was a character who thought that conformity was bad for society, and a person should be able to decided for themselves. Conformity is everywhere, even in the United States. We have to obey traffic laws, pay taxes every April 15th, etc. To an extent conformity is good, only when people still have options, but when you take away a person's options that is when conformity has gone too far.
When drafting the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson's main reason was to show that the newly constructed thirteen colonies were fed up with the tyrannical King George. Always having to pay such petty taxes on almost everything that the colonists owned. The Declaration was the first step in towards their own government and not having to conform to the British, but it wasn't going to be easy, they would need the full support of the thirteen colonies even if that meant that Thomas Jefferson would have to change some of the topics including anything with slavery and anything that spoke negatively against King George.
In Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience, he wanted nothing to do with the American government, Thoreau referred to it as a "machine" and "That government is
best which governs least" people should not have to conform to government. They should able to do whatever they want; no government should be able to control a group of people. Throughout the essay he says how terrible a government is and all sorts of what I think are idiotic thought about a person's own government. I know that many people say that he is a revolutionist; I don't, with some of his statements he sounds like treasonist. But he does have a point in his...
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