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Old 03-06-2005, 06:17 PM   #1
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Conformity

How do you define it?

Is it a good thing?

Can it be a good thing?

Let's discuss...
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Old 03-06-2005, 06:19 PM   #2
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I guess a good place to start is conformity to what?
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It depends on what is meant by conformity.

I subscribe to the capitalist system because it suits me so I would not consider myself a non-conformist in that sense.

On the other hand, I am Irish and the Irish are rebels, it's in their blood. You can't deny 800 years of race memory. When this rebelliousness, or non-conformity, comes out in music and art it can lead to great results - U2, Sex Pistols, Morrissey, and many more. When it comes out in politics it can lead to misguided campaigns such as the IRA's 30 year war in Northern Ireland.
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I have been known to not "conform" to being a proper U2 fan, as I listen to many inappropriate bands that other U2 fans do not listen to.

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Conformity is the shaping of every opinion, action, your appearance, etc to the "norm" of a group.

Is it good? No.

There are certain laws and standards everyone needs to follow in order to remain in society, but conformity is the trying to "fit" into society, or the group, etc.
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I follow what I believe to be true. If some of these beliefs happen to fall under "conformity," then so be it; and if they don't, so be it as well.

I stopped caring what people thought after I graduated from HS.

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Conformity can be necessary at times. How sluggish would our military be without conformity?
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Conformity can be necessary at times. How sluggish would our military be without conformity?
I know many in the military that would be very upset with this comment.

The military has standards, procedures, strict codes, and uniforms but it doesn't make them conformists. They don't serve their country in order to fit in.
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Society is built on conformity.
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Main Entry: conformity1
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: compliance
Synonyms: acquiescence, allegiance, assent, consent, conventionality, docility, obedience, observance, orthodoxy, resignation, submission, willingness
Antonyms: disobedience, noncompliance, nonconformance, nonconformity, rebellion

The way I see it, if you're a non-conformist, you're still a conformist. You're conforming to non-conformity.
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Conformity doesn't mean losing your individuality, rather, obedience is more accurate.
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Society is built on conformity.
But does it make it right? Society is built on a lot of things I don't agree with.
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The way I see it, if you're a non-conformist, you're still a conformist. You're conforming to non-conformity.
What does that mean?
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What does that mean?
If you're an anarchist, you conform to anarchy.
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Conformity doesn't mean losing your individuality,
That's exactly what it means. If you conform to someone else's thinking, appearance, etc then you aren't being yourself.


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rather, obedience is more accurate.
That's something completely different.
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