When did we lose our individuality?
In a world where individuality is touted as the single most defining aspect of a person, we have awfully become reliant on everything otherwise. Too often are people trying to be unique but yet still live in the simpleton mindset that our actions are directly reactive to our community. It's a unfortunate mentality.
Because of our unwillingness to protect our own integrity, that is what makes us different from the girl next door, individuality has become a rare commodity, despite everyone's belief that they themselves epitomize the definition of a true individual.
We see it in our everyday lives. Social media has evolved into a platform for the expression of our identity. The desire to boast what we did last weekend, from lavish vacations to fantasized dates, is what we feed to our network in hopes of gaining the acknowledgement that we're different from everyone else.
The problem is that we aren't any different. For every moment we proclaim our individuality lies the truth of our intentions. We want the attention and confirmation of approval that comes with our silly picture posting and status updates. These are the things that makes us like everyone else, a conformity to society.
Somehow, the prevalent idea that the opinions and decisions of our friends directly influences our own ideals runs rampant in our world. For all the talk of being our own person, it does seem that we are nothing of ourselves and everything of the people around us. It's incredibly disappointing that we are so reliant on the choices of our peers rather than that of our own.
There isn't anything wrong with being part of the whole but the hypocrisy of a belief that we are individuals needs to stop. We cannot claim ourselves to be individuals, no matter how much we want to be so, if our actions are dictated by the antics of the world surrounding us.
People are free to do what they want. If decisions meant for our own minds slowly become the choices of our friends, then we are as disgustingly mindless as the franchising of Starbucks on every other block. The beauty of freedom gives us the opportunity to choose, so long as we're willing to accept the repercussions associated with our choices. Ironically, too often are our choices not our own but of the person we sat with over lunch.
It's quite sad that we are the victims of circular reasoning and it is destroying our identities. The over reliance on our friends has grouped us together in an indiscernable mess. When it's all said and done, nothing exists of us except the categorization of us as a group with little distinction. To be nothing but another pawn in the shop is perhaps the most depressing thought of all. The worst part? We'll probably never realize it.
One day I should jump off a bridge just because my friend is doing it. Only then, maybe, will I understand why everyone is so ready to forfeit their individualism and the gift of our free mind for the binding ropes of the world. Then here's the other question: is the attendance of other people the only motivating factor in decision making? And if so, how much of that can we allow to happen before what should be our personal choices are made for other people.