Clone or individual?
My whole life I have been subjected to other people’s beliefs without understanding them from my own experiences. We are all open to interpretation, but with interpretation, comes enculturation. I am told constantly what I’m worth, meanwhile being compared to other people. What I must need to know and do is implanted in my head, either by family, friends, teachers, and more importantly the people who put those ideas in their heads. Is there any way to stray away this cloning? How will I, or anyone, create individuality if we are all taught the same way?
Lately, I question whether I want to become what’s expected. Everyone tells me that I need to do this and become that. My mom, an influential person in my life that matters greatly, impacts me especially when it comes to my future. She tells me constantly that I need to do well in school. Not only does she say to do well in school, but to get a good job so I have money and thus living a better life. Our culture and society is based along the lines of these things. It is part of what drives the many in our community, country and world. I want to be happy, and if people don’t people accept it, is that wrong, or un-normal? I’m finding myself in this mess of a thing called the world where everyone pulls, drags, and yank me into their beliefs. I want to break free, and say, “We are given our own life for a reason, to live it for us!”
The education system today is meaningless, creativity isn’t pushed, but conformity is. I go to William T. Dwyer High school, this recent year we were given a dress code along with stricter rules, just the opposite of how we could show our individuality. Even besides uniforms, last year the well known, Ms. Penwell was taken from teaching drama and instead was informed to teach 2 more English classes. Many students were upset and enraged; drama is a passion for number students at my school. This became just another add on to all the changes...