This post originated as the above slide.
After a few comments it became apparent that the depth of personal meaning tweaked some synapses.
Tweakee Peter Vajda was moved to add this:
"On the path of evolution, we move from being a willing and obedient member of the group to wanting to take control over our own lives. This is a necessary but difficult transition if we are to mature emotionally and spiritually.
Many are afraid of being themselves, of being unique and different. For these things stand against the old ways (read: neurological pathways in the brain representing beliefs and assumptions about how I have to be; fear in the body that represents “flight” or “freeze”, i.e., emotions that communicate "dare not to be different") that told us that conformity was right and individualism was wrong and are the unconscious scripts that run our lives…unbeknownst to many of us.
Focused on wanting and needing approval from others, and being accepted and popular, many seek the comfort of conformity to overcome their fear and feel more secure, safe and comfortable.
So, at times when folks conform, they don’t experience the fear of living. But they often lose the juiciness and new sense of adventure, discovery, daring and zest for life. Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to and experiencing this new sense of life, also discover they won’t die in the process.
As Dr. Seuss said, 'Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.' "