The Freedom of Nonconformity
In order to be free a person must be a nonconformist because following the beaten track will only leave a person with an unfulfilled life. Both Jon Krakauer and Ralph Waldo Emerson stress that people have to be nonconformists in order to embrace their own true self and live their life to the fullest. Initially, to be free, an individual must rebel against the norms of society in order to achieve absolute freedom. Similarly, in Jon Krakauer’s biography Into the Wild, he stresses the importance of being an individualist and doing something only the lone person inside wants to do: not caring about the world and all the humans in it. Finally, in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay Self-Reliance, he signifies the importance of the idea of insubordination-of nonconformity-of rebellion against human’s common culture to find true personal illumination in their lives. In conclusion, nonconformity is freedom and it is the ultimate goal of a human being. Initially, to be free, an individual must rebel against the norms of society in order to achieve absolute freedom. For instance, Henry David Thoreau is a nonconformist that aims to find enlightenment in his life by immersing himself in the wilderness. In his autobiography, Walden, he explains the benefits of nonconformity, “if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” Thoreau describes the ideal way of life for all human beings, to find what one is passionate about and thrive in whatever field or area it is. Granted, some people find it difficult to start over from a well-established career. For example, a woman by the name of Susana Temprano is a sales executive at IBM, makes $200,000 a year, and cannot stand her job. At the age of 43 she turns her life around and becomes a public school teacher, making under $40,000 a year. She says that although the income is not as high as...
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