The path of the unsafe, independent thinker
Have you ever done something outside of your comfort zone to please the needs of someone else? Conformity is a dominate factor in everyday life. Although it is easy to follow the flow of conformity, solutions are hard to find. Fortunately, there are two sides to conformity. The positive side to conformity is it allows people to have a laid back mindset because they know someone will make the decision for them. But "the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself” - Rita Mae Brown
Growing up, conformity was never a factor in personal happiness .there was no trends to follow, everyone was equal and opinions didn't matter no changed how a person felt about themselves. But through the transition from a child to a young adult leading into adulthood, personal happiness went from being a priority to an option. Therefore changing ones thoughts and diminishing self-confidence. Currently, in society, we as humans tend to create a "perfect" person and strive to be like them. Although this person is a figment of imagination, because there is no perfect person , looking , acting, and being like this person engages how one feels about themselves. “Now I am a lake. A women bends over me, searching my reaches for what she really is. Then she turned to those liars, candles or the moon" this problem introduced in Mirror by Sylvia Plath is that humans tend to mask their true identity and strive to be a "perfect" person due to the pressures of society. In Emerson's self-reliance, an essay consisting of problems and remedies to conformity. Reading through to this essay Emerson states "let a man know his worth". (Paragraph 18 page 140). By this he means that no person should feel that they're not as important as someone else. Everyone has a set purpose in life, some people find their purpose quicker than others but that doesn't mean giving up and not maintaining self-confidence is the answer.