….it just might exist


“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Task: Do some people watching during the school day and over the weekend. Closely observe the actions and appearances of your peers and the people and strangers you come in contact with. How much of what you observe reflects a decision to follow the crowd or shows a lack of willingness (maybe confidence?) to stand out in some way? How much of what you see shows independent action or thought? After you have done this, point that lens at yourself and write on the presence of conforming or following the pack in your life. Post your findings on your blog, title “What I Must Do”.

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