We come into this world as unique as snowflakes: and there are no identical snowflakes. Even twins are inherently different from each other. However, there is often a push toward creating a sameness in goals, appearance, and values: and while some aspects of having an agreed upon value system are good and foster a safer healthier society, too much pressure to let go of individualism can result in a lack of self-acceptance.
The Benefits of Universal Values
Most would agree that when the masses agree with and follow certain universal laws, our communities become safer places and function better. If no one ever stopped when the traffic light turned red or waited their turn in line, many of the consequences would be negative. Traffic lights help control the flow of traffic, but only if the suggested behaviors are followed.
If a red light doesn’t result in cars coming to a complete stop many wrecks and traffic casualties will more than likely follow. Just as something as simple as being willing to wait our turn in line helps us to foster an environment of fairness. When we choose not to participate in these socially accepted norms we often do more to foster environments where people might feel like injustice and unfairness have the upper hand.
Individuality Can Still Exist Beside Universally Accepted Behaviors
We all understand that when certain laws and behaviors are practiced and followed by everyone, we all benefit. However, it is extremely important to differentiate between universally necessary behaviors and the parts of ourselves that must remain unique in order to thrive.
While most would agree that everyone should stop at a red light, it’s not necessary that everyone like country music or want to be a doctor. The inherent individuality of each person can exist beside the necessity of universally accepted behaviors and still remain intact. Universal behaviors and laws that foster respect for everyone’s safety do not have to override anyone’s sense of individuality.
Often, the need to follow certain rules like everyone else, can confuse us into thinking that other areas of our lives should follow suit. If our good friend Nancy takes cetyl m, then perhaps we should too. If it’s good for her, shouldn’t it be good for us too? We must realize that we are all snowflakes, as individual and unique as the days are long, and we can respect others by following certain rules but our unique blueprint must be cultivated without imitating others.