I was reading a thread in one of my favorite Comic forums (8-bit Theatre) and it really got me thinking: Are the terms "conformist" and "non-conformist" really just abstract thoughts?
After thinking on the topic for a few minutes I thought I'd post my thoughts. I think conformity is a paradox. Conformity, in it's purely aesthetic form does exist. Look at buisness men (office workers) they wear suits, thus they conform. I think that conformity as a principle is flawed. When people try to rebel against "conformists" then aren't they conforming to rebel?
To sum my beliefs I'm going to quote a particularly well stated argument:
Now, I want your views on this subject.Quote by Archbio of NuklearPowerForums.That is substantially different than:There is no such thing as conformity and non-conformity.I really don't see how the former statement can be argued seriously. The concepts of "conformity" and "non-conformity" don't imply in themselves any specific importance, interpretation or value to the concepts. But their existence is undeniable. As soon is a convention (be it vestimentary or otherwise), and someone either conforms to it or don't, creating an example of conformity or non-conformity.There is no such thing as conformists and non-conformists.
As for the latter statement, that's more problematic. Yet, I think it's pretty obvious the concepts has a reality. That reality can be as flexible as the reality of resistant/collaborator in Vichy France, but it's there. Some people attribute to comforming to the most superficial conventions a specific value, and others feel the opposite way. These might be your conformists/non-conformists. It might also be that you can name conformist someone who adheres to conventions more often than not and who tend to let them win over their personal tastes. That would be a sliding scale. That you can't divide a population into two groups, with either side pure conformists and on the other pure non-conformists, doesn't mean that the concepts have no reality.
Less importance and value can be given to the label. As for the fact that no one should be stoned because of their choice of clothes, well, that's rather obvious on its own (same thing goes for "subjecting goths to ridicule", but that's a whole other problem in itself).