Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.To be great is to be misunderstood.” (Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson) “has been conditioned by society to lack self-confidence in their ability to achieve anything of real worth, and thus they conform to society to escape their feelings of unimportance and uselessness.”Such a recognition provides one with a stubborn, but healthy, insistence upon remaining true to oneself.
There is a fine line that separates conformity from nonconformity, and both of them from intelligent decision making.
Although the distinction may seem clear, I believe the difference is far more complex than most people are aware of. Because an accurate measure of conformity or nonconformity is based exclusively on an individual’s true understanding of a subject.
I also attempted to explain the basic reason for Rand’s outrageous assessment, namely, her belief that over time a philosopher’s epistemology, if widely accepted, will exert enormous influence on the subsequent development of philosophy; so a deeply flawed theory of knowledge will prove more harmful than, say, an evil political theory.
Kant was more evil than even a Stalin or a Hitler because he made them possible, philosophically speaking.
On my saying, “What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?
Therefore, since Rand believed that Kant’s influential theory of knowledge undercuts the possibility of objective knowledge, she held him largely responsible for later irrationalist trends in philosophy, as found in fascism and in other statist ideologies.The sexton, a person responsible for the up-keep of the church, is ringing the bell to announce that the service will begin soon.His ringing in interrupted and stops abruptly when he is sees the Reverend Mr.Hooper coming from his home with a veil of black crepe covering his entire face, leaving only his mouth and chin visible. Hooper's actions because they view him as a young and modest priest who has never acted unreasonable before. Because the sins of the people are hidden, no one admits to them. Hooper also does this in order to illustrate that he too is guilty of sin and the veil serves the purpose of keeping himself from seeing them when he looks into the mirror.Many of them begin to think that he has lost his mind completely. Hooper wears a black veil to hide his face, he does this for a specific reason so that he may demonstrate how others in the community wear a mask to cover their sinful lives. In the parable it states, "The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from our own consciousness, even forgetting that the Omniscient can detect them" (1333). Hooper wanted to prove is that individuals must own up to and be responsible for their actions. Hooper has chosen to wear this veil for the rest of the life and willi...High be his heart, faithful his will, clear his sight, that he may in good earnest be doctrine, society, law, to himself, that a simple purpose may be to him as strong as iron necessity is to others!” (Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson)Every individual is a dynamic entity.The ideas contained in the essay provide a much needed antidote against the conforming pressures of our age, as Emerson was a strong believer in the importance of not identifying with the “crowd”, and instead staying true to one’s own path and inner law.This fear of nonconformists stems from the fact that nonconformists are by their very nature creators – individuals who carve out their own view of reality, and arrive at their own idea of what it means to be a human; of what is good, beautiful, and true.Too many today, afflicted with a fallacy of insignificance, look outward in search of meaning and guidance to live by.They attempt to embed themselves into a social structure, “I remember an answer which when quite young I was prompted to make to a valued adviser who was wont to importune me with the dear old doctrines of the church.