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to be different is to be condemned by society.

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'To be different is to be condemned by society' by Mahrukh. Imagine feeling free to be who you are. Imagine having the freedom to act the way in which you wish. Imagine just being you. These might sound like simple enough imaginations because these are acts which we live out each day effortlessly. Simple enough for us, yet there are countless others who face difficulty in having the free will to freely express who they are. I believe the statement, 'to be different is to be condemned by society', is true because if a person is unorthodox he is shunned by the general public. He is treated as if he is extremely strange and is disliked by the majority of the community. A person can be unique in one or more ways, however, he may still be treated differently than others. For example, in school a child who is far more intellectual than others may be dubbed a 'nerd' and may be snubbed by other students. ...read more.


He is banished by the public and is expelled from all activities taking place within the community. The life of man has usually been dictated by the norms of society. Success in the socialization process creates a positive self-image, whereas failures in the socialization process may lead to negative self-image. Sociologists believe that society has developed a great many inequalities in the divisions between groups which exist. If a person, belonging to the majority feels that maybe the minorities deserve rights as well, he may not be able to voice his opinions due to pressure from the society. Hence fear of humiliation leads to conformity. People agree with others because they fear ridicule or being isolated from the crowd. They fear the idea of not being a part of the whole. They fear isolation or worse, being ostracized by the group. Most people usually have an innate desire to fit in with a group. ...read more.


The prejudice and bigotry of society causes the victimization of people with differences, which is formed from their own ignorance. Some who are discriminated against are those who are born differently than the majority. Ethnocentrism is often the foundation of bias and prejudice that leads to conflict. Ethnocentrism is the "idea that your own race, nation, group etc is better than any other." Unfortunately, minority groups are usually under the impression that they must conform to the ways of the majority in order to succeed. As a result the ramifications of ethnocentrism have often caused minorities to change in order to "fit in" with society. It is human nature for vast changes to be difficult to digest. People do not like things to change a lot and prefer to stick to the conventional ways. Therefore if a person is a nonconformist he is exiled from the society. The most common reason leading to people being separated from society due to their uniqueness is that they are misunderstood. Consequently I believe that people should get to know and understand individuals before passing judgment about them. ...read more.

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