Thesis: Don't conform to society; be an individual.
The person who chooses to listen to the majority lacks the creative boldness necessary for individualism a.
Leads to acceptance of the same ideas
don't rely on others' opinions
self esteem is original and mature
bring order out of chaos
Children are good models
Too young to be cynical, hesitant, or hypocritical-in contrast to adults b.
Loyalties cannot be broken
Individualists need to resist society
Following the inner voice can be evil
Yet better to be true to evil inner voice than to conform to society c.
Wastes a person's life to conform
Act independently no matter what
Don't listen to what society says, be an individual
Difference between enjoying solitude and being a hermit
Do what is necessary regardless of criticisms
Individual nature allows thinker to battle society
Enemies of independent thinkers
Restrains independence and growth
How to achieve self-reliance
Don't be belittled by magnificence-humans determine an objects worth b.
Don't compare yourself to great people (kings)
Thoughtless people are too worried about being consistent ii.
Gained through intuitive knowledge, too abstract to describe-only what is not d.
Eternally evolve for the better
The common people are too lazy, too driven by desires trying to please other people f.
Individuals who follow their intuition are more "godlike" than those who conform VIII.
benefits to society
urban v. rural- rural is better, more gratifying
religion, culture, society, and the arts are in desperate need of self-reliant individuals c.
individualism turns self-absorbance into wishes for the common good d.
religion is dangerous because it doesn't allow the individual to make its own decisions e.
traveling is bad, doesn't allow original ideas to develop f.
society doesn't improve...
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