@Mr Fight the Power,
Mr. Fight the Power;28482 wrote:
Conformity, as far as I can tell, is not unhealthy or unnatural. In fact, it is probably one of the most important developments in human evolutionary social growth. The simple fact is that conformity builds trust from others and comfort in ourselves.
Ask yourself this, why are you coming on to an internet forum asking people for the "coolest" philosopher names to apply to your child?
If I offend you, I'm sorry, its the internet and I can do so with little repercussion, but you sound like a high school kid who doesn't quite fit in and responds to this by doing everything he can to not conform.
Striving for non-conformity is no less an obsession with conformity than the people you mock for striving for normalcy.
Well. to your first point: Conformity is not as black and white as you posit. In order to determine whether conformity is healthy or not, one must first consider what trait that person is conforming to. If they were to conform to the social norm that is showing school pride then it is plausible to say that conformity is unhealthy. However, let's say that social norm is objectification of women. Is conformity to that social norm healthy? What about conforming for the sake of conformity? Is that healthy?
On your second point: You misunderstand my question. I asked "Who do you think had the coolest name?" I went on to list my favorite names, while concurrently listing the names I would likely give my child/children because obviously since I want to give my kid the name of whichever philosopher I think was "coolest," those are the philosophers who I thought had the coolest names. I was not asking people what they thought the coolest name was.
your third point: Well, you know what they say about what happens when you assume. No, I don't fit in. I go to a school where the social norms are materialism, superficiality, and willful ignorance (which I find are essentially mirrors of the social norms of the world in general). I do what I can to not be materialistic, superficial, or willfully ignorant. If you define that as doing everything I can not to conform, then so be it.
Your final point was made on the assumption that I am not conforming to social norms for the sake of not conforming. If I mock society's conformity to superficiality by naming my child something that only a superficial person would get caught up in, then am I not conforming for the sake of not conforming, or am I not conforming for the sake of possessing different values?