“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”
Opinion polls are interesting. They take a random sampling of the population and assume, in their sample, that they’ve catered for everyone that could be within the population at large. Sometimes this is a reliable measure of what the general zeitgeist is, other times it exposes people as bigots… Either way, opinion is like quicksilver, runs fluid and has the potential to get toxic…
What one person thinks has the tendency to represent what others think. Average opinions tend to be very pedestrian, being as they represent diluted views. People with extreme or radical views tend to dilute them, hoping that they are not chastised for having views that fall outside the societal ‘comfort zone’…
Forget, for a while, the fact that variant opinions are the source of society’s progress, the thinking that things can change for the better because someone dared to be different… Forget the fact that the human mind is unique and wholly capable of creating its own content, not just regurgitating the thoughts and opinions of others… Forget all the intelligent design that has gone towards making sure that you will survive and leave your mark on the world. That all means nothing. After all, who ever got anywhere by being themselves? Tell them they can be different, but do everything to make them the same. That’s how it should be.
But that is where we fail. Falling over ourselves to fit a mould that is obviously designed to press us to a uniform thickness, wearing down on bumps and projections and other imperfections, spikes on the graph that is life, until they are a smooth, flat surface, devoid of character.
Your place is your place alone. there is nobody else who can fit there. Uniformity is dangerous. It breeds the worst kind of complacency, the belief that difference equals dissidence. Fight the differences away, make them akin to a plague. Then it’s downhill from there, no opposition will rise. What’s good for one is good for all. But we are not one-size-fits-all. We never were.
Dare to be different. Cut your own path. Have your own dream.