The thing about non-conformism is that I think it is non-conformism at all. It does not exist.

It all comes to a point that a non-conformist conforms to a certain rule, to not to conform. I know, I am a self-proclaimed non-conformist but I am not living up to my name. It contradicts everything that I do. That I still do what everybody does. That I am this person who just goes to the flow (isn’t that what conformists do?), and still I call myself a non-conformist.

I want to be different. But what makes me different from others who want to be different? Among these people in this room, who does not conform? I wouldn’t know, for I am one of them.

I am a non-conformist who conforms.
So, what now?

2 thoughts on “On being a non-conformist”

  1. Friend, I admire your openness. Not many have the strength to do that in today’s world.

    We all aspire to be non-conformists but give in, at some stage. The truly non-conformists often are lost in oblivion.

    Not sure if you’ve ever read Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead. Howard Roark (a consummate non-conformist), an ideal, is a great example. Scores of readers over the years have tried to live up to his ideal but have failed. Precisely because he is an ideal.

    I fully agree with you here.

    1. Thank you 🙂

      I’ve been meaning to point this out ever since I claimed that I am a non-conformist even if I’m not. I wish I could live up to that label, though.

      Thanks for that suggestion, I’ll try to find a copy, yay! 🙂

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