This is not an opinion, but simple fact. Change, innovation, ANYTHING new requires original ideas, and the very definition of original requires NON-CONFORMIST. Humanity would never even have gotten beyond “primitive” without non-conformists. Think about it. The more common reaction to uncontrolled fire is fear. Humans would never have harnessed fire if EVERYONE simply ran from it. It took at least one person to not only approach it, but to think, “We can USE this!” before mankind gained control of fire. Even the simplest “technological” advancements … the ramp; the lever … required someone to think “There has to be an easier way to do this!” If everyone thought and did things exactly the same, we would never have gone beyond simple animals hunting for food with our teeth and nails.
If everyone was the same, humans would not have been able to adapt to the wide varieties of climate our earth offers. There would have been few reasons to explore the world, other than following the food. There would be only one language (if even) and a simple one at best. There would be no religion, because nobody would have been original enough to come up with the answers to the questions everyone had. Unless some being came down and explained it to them, in which case there would only be ONE religion, and all would follow it. This is obviously not the state of our world today. How could this be, if everyone is supposed to think the same … be the same?
The clear and simple answer is conformity gets us nowhere.
So to all who demand that the world conform to your own ideas; to all who want everyone to think and act as you do, what you are basically saying is that you wish that the human world stops growing. You are saying that all that matters is that YOU are content, the rest of the world, and the very FUTURE be damned. Yet you will swear that you are worried about the “souls” of others. You will claim that you have everyone’s welfare in your mind; that humanity will flourish if they only recognize the YOUR way is the “right way!” Even when this is blatantly untrue.
Human history points this fact out continuously.
I am not saying that constant change is necessary. Sometimes the old saw “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” has great merit. But to REFUSE to change when change is obviously necessary; to not accept difference simply because it is different, has proven time and again to not only be completely ineffective, but at times downright harmful to the course of humanity. Do us a favor. Stop being hypocrites. Stop saying you have everyone’s best interest in mind when the simple truth is you are either AFRAID, or simply too selfish to allow others to be different from you. If you can’t accept the concept of change and diversity, at least be honest with the reasons why.
There is only ONE way that humanity can grow. There is only ONE way that we have a chance at actually improving the future for EVERYONE. And it is actually pretty simple: