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Does the society constantly pressure us to surrender our individuality in order to be accepted?

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Started: 2/27/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ChickenIsOkay

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Society is constantly pressuring us to surrender our individuality to become accepted into the community. Being a human is to be distinct from others, to have your own values, morals, interests, and goals. Without these, there is no point to conformity if you give yourself up to society. While conforming may support the majority, the cost is much larger than the reward.
cwu21

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The society does not constantly pressure us to surrender our individuality in order to be accepted. It is true that some places, peers will criticize you if your actions and/or opinions differ from the people around you. However, in the newer generations, being different is approved of. The modern society encourages us to be creative, and do what we are interested. For example, at Punahou School, HI the idea of personal inquiries projects about whatever that is in the interest of the students. Separating from the common group is encouraged, and smiled upon at many other schools.
Debate Round No. 1
ChickenIsOkay

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Although society encourages others to be different. However, the community looks down upon those who voice their own opinions. Society fears those that they don't understand. Therefore, they set individuals out as outcasts, forcing them to conform to fit in. They do promote being one's self, but they judge that person based on their beliefs. This contradiction forces those that are "different" to change in order to fit in, to not be judged. Society is made up of conformists, and many hide their individuality in order to not be judged by the majority.
cwu21

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Posted by ladiesman 2 years ago
ladiesman
Our perception of reality is socially constructed. Society as a whole comes to an agreement about reality and normality and says it is self-evident. And when that happens, it becomes difficult to understand or accept any belief, lifestyle or behavior that is different from what we are used to. And that is the problem: we encounter the "Other" and our automatic responses are moral condemnation, prejudice and persecution. So, yes I believe society does pressure people to sacrifice their individuality in exchange for acceptance. Once people who are different from the majority are compelled by society to fit in, they feel obligated to. Conformity is a powerful pressure, but differences should be embraced and accepted rather than ridiculed. And people who are different should see their difference as a strength and not be pressured to fit in.
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