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Monday, October 18, 2010

Is it better to conform than to be different?



Think about teenagers, the peer pressure many of you may feel as we all try to fit in. The 2nd statement on our Anticipation Guide is: It is better to conform than to be different. In a thoughtful response, state your opinion.

Make sure you tell the why you feel that you do. As always use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar; you might type it in Word first and then copy/paste it into the comment box.

24 Comments:

  • At 12:31 PM , Blogger tkskoda said...

    "It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you're not." It may seem like the right thing to do is fit in, conform. But when you get older it is better to be different.

     
  • At 12:32 PM , Blogger brads13 said...

    i believe each person should show do as the please not trying to impress anyone or look like a certain group of people. if this means being completely different from everyone else in the school then so be it.

     
  • At 12:35 PM , Blogger mckennab16 said...

    i believe that being different is the right thing. Everyone already is different, we are all unique individuals and we should stay that way instead of trying to be someone else. So if your trying to fit in...DON'T! your already fitting in as your self, not someone else. So no...it is not better to conform than to be different.

     
  • At 12:35 PM , Blogger Michael M. 6 said...

    I believe people should be different because if you are different your life is better as it is fit for you. Also being an individual that is different is important so you are like the way you want to be not what everyone wants you to be.

     
  • At 12:36 PM , Blogger william said...

    I think it's better to be yourself than try to be like everybody else. Because it's not you anymore, everybody suppose to be unique, everybody should be different. You try to be everybody else, you don't enjoy yourself anymore. You have your own hobby, if you want to be like everybody else, that hobby may go away.

     
  • At 12:36 PM , Blogger jake said...

    i think it is better to be different than to be similar because then people can like you in a different way than the way they like the other people you hang out with. also then you don't have to feel like you have to go or do everything they do you can think for yourself rather than them thinking for you.

     
  • At 12:36 PM , Blogger BLingo said...

    i feel it's better to be hated then to put on an act for a reason to be loved. If somebody was a true friend they would like you for who you are not what they want you to be. Never be afraid to express yourself because thats who you are and you shouldn't be afraid to show it.

     
  • At 12:36 PM , Blogger Hayden said...

    I believe that being different would be way better than conformity. If everything was the same, there would be no individuality and personality. Life would be a dull white sheet of paper never to be drawn on or admired by any viewers. Just their... no emotion, personality, or even friends and family. I love to be different and my own individual person. I wear the clothes I want listen to the music I like and stand up for things I believe in. If everyone was the same, there would be nothing to learn or gain and no laughs or cries with loved ones. I strongly believe everyone needs to be unique and embrace who they are.

     
  • At 12:36 PM , Blogger Russell O 12 said...

    I believe that you should never have to conform, you should always stick up for yourself no matter what anybody says. You should never have to follow someone.Even if you do think differently there always will be someone that thinks the same as you.

     
  • At 12:37 PM , Blogger tyler said...

    It depends on the person i guess im the type of person who is nice to anyone know matter who they or what they have done. But many people today are conceded and just want to act or be cool and its just so annoying cause you know who those people are. I wish that everyone would just be fine with who they are and learn to be understanding.

     
  • At 12:38 PM , Blogger StevenG24 said...

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  • At 12:38 PM , Blogger riley said...

    In my opinion i feel as though you can do both. At the beginning of the year i didn't know a lot of people so i was just myself but i did put myself out there so that i could meet knew people but not have to change the way i am, but i also think that you can always change yourself for the better.

     
  • At 12:38 PM , Blogger Ava Kalhoefer said...

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  • At 12:39 PM , Blogger Jenni M #2 said...

    In my opinion, I think that it is much better to be different, and be yourself, than to change who you are completely just to fit in. In the long run, it is not going to matter if you were popular or the nerdiest person in high school. Even though everyone wants to be popular and fit in, people will secretly admire you and your actions if you are standing up for what you believe. They wish that they had enough courage to be themselves; they just don't want to admit it. It is clearly much better to be different than to conform to what others do.

     
  • At 12:39 PM , Blogger triggs7 said...

    Sometimes being different is ok. if everybody around you is doing drugs, you wouldn't want to join in, in that cate you may want to be different.

     
  • At 12:40 PM , Blogger KameronnG29 said...

    I believe we should be ourselves. Be true and be you is what i stand by. If you follow the crowd you could get into bad things like drugs.

     
  • At 12:40 PM , Blogger AveryL said...

    I believe that you should always try to be different then conform. I would always want to stand up for what i believe in instead of getting pure pressured into another group. You have to be who you are and not who others think you are. Understand others thoughts but you don't have to think what they think just to try to fit in.

     
  • At 12:42 PM , Blogger StevenG24 said...

    To me it is completely up to the person. If someone wants to try to be the same and fit it they can, thats just who they are. You can also be the person that wants to be different and stand out. In my opinion there is ups and downs to each of these they can both be good or bad.

     
  • At 12:42 PM , Blogger Ineque R. said...

    In my opinion it is better to be different because i think that if you are just doing what everyone else is doing then you are being them and not you and it is important to be yourself. It is important to be different because its your life and no one else's so you should live it the way you want to.

     
  • At 12:43 PM , Blogger Jaybird95 said...

    I think it's better to be your self if you u can not get accepted for who you are then you should not hang out with thos people go out meet new people

     
  • At 12:43 PM , Blogger ShannonW. said...

    Its better to be different than conform, because i'd rather be hated for what i am than loved for what i'm not.

     
  • At 12:58 PM , Blogger mtombaugh said...

    i believe that its better to be different because if everyone was the same then the wrold would be boring and uneventful

     
  • At 3:22 PM , Blogger Anthony F 20 said...

    I beleave that it is better to be different because if your different you are your own significant you and not anybody else.

     
  • At 8:43 PM , Blogger lewis campbell said...

    I heard it once said that "rebellion is the essence of conformity." While this may seem a contradiction, you only have to look at those around you to see the truth of it.

    We ask ourselves "is it better to conform than to be different?" but the trap is in the question asked.

    The very question defines the answer in that it pushes one to choose between one or the other, as if life is all about two views of looking at anything.

    Young people, but also many older look want to rebel from the mainstream, to be unique, merging themselves into the same pattern each generation goes through.

    To conform or rebel is not the act or action of our choices as a reaction to what others think, but an introspective understanding of who we are, what we believe and having the maturity to recognize that we are not always right.

    It is okay to conform when we agree with those that we follow, it is okay to rebel when we see the need to make a change to our life and those around us.

    It is not okay to conform as a point of giving up, growing old and tired or because we are to lazy to think and understand what it is we are conforming to.

    It is not okay to rebel for just the sake of rebelling, the sake of some knee jerk reaction to a momentary thought.

    We tend to think the way we speak, we tend to act the way we think. The nature of words and our usage of them more often than not are the conduits of how we rationalize our choices.

    Conformity or rebellion, they are the same thing, a "non-choice" an act of "non-living" when the choices we make or the living we do is in blind reaction to the world around us.

    Conforming? Rebelling? They are both actions of the mind, the question you have to ask yourself, is either the path you want to follow?

     

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