What is Individuality? The dictionary defines it as;
- the quality or character of a particular person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind, especially when strongly marked.
- separate existence.
Why has it been watered down in our society? Why does almost everyone like the same things, have the same hobbies, wear the same style of clothes and make the same hair? Popular culture isn’t just popular anymore like I always like to put it, glorious diversity and individuality have been swallowed and repackaged as a monolithic behemoth representing little more than club themes, soccer, politically correct content, singing competitions, and other shallow content.
Has it always been like this? I don’t believe so, there was more diversity when I was growing up in the 80s if I remember correctly. From books, my parent’s stories and pictures it is also obvious there were lots of things to choose from back in the day.
By the way, I’m not complaining about the way things have changed. This is a call to embrace different interests and encourage diversity, thus strengthening character, and tolerance in such a culturally diverse universe.
Yes, it is normal for the majority of a population to lean more towards some items than others, some fields and items require deeper than normal interests before they can be appreciated. Popular culture isn’t a bad thing, but how much of a society should be built on popular culture? How few options should be available for aspiring connoisseurs, individuals, and businesses with deeper interests than the average person or business?
Why is individuality so important? Why is it needed for growth and rich experiences?
“Individuality encourages creative thinking and disregard for conventions and boundaries. Individuals who aren’t limited by notions of what can or can’t be accomplished are able to view situations in a different light and devise innovative solutions to problems.
Similarly, a strong sense of individuality means not being swayed by the fears or doubts of others. Many people are plagued by uncertainty and self-doubt, but individuality encourages people to address and conquer these fears. Those with a true sense of individuality are able to weigh potential risks and benefits for themselves, without considering what may be commonly accepted or unaccepted in society. Individuality also encourages others to try more-innovative approaches.
Those who see the success of an individual with a unique idea are often inspired to pursue their own endeavors. Individuality equates to a sense of leadership in this way. Society’s most-influential members are commonly those with truly unique and individual perspectives.
Finally, individuality allows people to have a clearer sense of what they need to be happy. Rather than adhering to notions of happiness constructed by society, individuals pursue true joy in whatever form it may take.”
The quoted text is from an unknown writer who I agree with. One directional thinking keeps societies redundant, through lack of creativity and conforming to what already is. Without individuality there wouldn’t be innovation, we might still be living in caves, there wouldn’t be technology nor art. Individuality is the driver of evolution, society is constantly evolving and it is all due to individuality.
Most of the issues in this society stem from a lack of individuality, which also leads to a shortage of authentic leaders.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
It is important to build up individuals, that practice would increase creativity, innovation, leadership, happiness and so many other integral qualities for a fulfilling life. We need to encourage individuality, by investing in programs that promote it.
More corporations need to promote and market projects that are innovative instead of reusing formulas that keep our mind redundant.