easy cowardice of surrender

“To be one’s self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.” quote from Irving Wallace, Author

I found this quote and thought it worth sharing. How difficult it is to be authentic, to be one’s true self.  It is so much easier to become domesticated and conform to the dress, style language and habits of those around us, those whom we wish to be accepted by. This simple one line really hit home for me. To be one’s self and unafraid…what more could one strive for? Although I do know many people who prefer the conformity, the safe secure sameness.  If I am the same as you then there is no threat, no need to look within one’s self, it is safe and familiar. How boring that must be. Yet, it is what we are taught to do.  It is expected of us and it is what many authors warned us of, do not become a nation of sheep, the Animal Farm, 1984, and others. Be just like me so I do not have to change or think.

It is not chaos or revolution it is simply being the best you that you can possibly be , right or wrong, acepted or not.  To think for yourself, to make mistakes, to learn and to see through clear eyes. I am sure the statement will upset many but I find it encouraging, envigorating and simple truth.  How do you feel about the quote?


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