Groupthink seems to have gotten worse in this era of social media. If you have a differing opinion on any subject, you risk the chance of being blocked, a digital form of shunning. If one does not tow the line that society has manufactured, you will face resistance & repulsion from those that are under the spell of perceived “trendiness”.
Creativity & individuality are a threat. If you are able to think for yourself, it is harder for those in power to control you. Although conformity is nothing new, it is hard to ignore the propaganda. Various tools & systems, such as television, public schools, & the internet are all used to indoctrinate.
But if these tools can be used to brainwash people, they can also be used to share information & creativity. The internet is the easiest way of doing this. Instead of blocking those that you disagree with, it is much more productive to have a dialogue with them. The following quote by Thomas Jefferson puts this into perspective.
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
Life is really boring when surrounded by yes men that agree with everything we say. To hell with that. I love talking with people that I disagree with. The conversations are much more intense & meaningful, rather than just having a chat that is filled with nodding your head yes, yes, yes.
Go on, be yourself. Say what your opinion is, even if it’s not popular. Why waste time pretending to be someone you’re not? Life’s too short for that nonsense.
Be the weirdo that you were always meant to be!