Thursday, November 17, 2016
A Different Outlook
(H3) If you find yourself out of step with most of your contemporaries, with regard to your most basic values and attitudes, should you speak up or lay low?
This discussion question this week really peaked my interest. I think if you are out of step with most of your contemporaries you should most definitely speak up. The most influential and prominent people in our history had different views on basic values and attitudes. People who invoked real change thought outside the box. In fact, people valued most in today’s society are those who think in a completely different way than others, who stand out, not blend into the crowd. They are free thinkers, the ones who change our standard of living and our standards in general. It's not that all those who have different values are the best type of people in the world. I think we can all agree that Hitler had some very different values and attitudes towards specific people and he is definitely not considered the best of humanity. However, he was certainly influential and prominent. On the flip side, Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for what he believed in, equality, and is considered one of the most significant characters in America’s Civil Rights timeline. Just because you stand out from a crowd does not mean you are wrong. Just because you see the world in a different light than others does not mean you are dangerous, or maybe it does. Maybe you are dangerous to those stuck in the past, stuck in their own heads with no room for change and growth. There is this saying that used to hang in one of my high school teacher’s classroom. "What's right isn't always popular, and what's popular isn't always right." In any case, speaking your mind helps solidify your own ideas and you might even change someone else's mind, or at least give them a different perspective. A new perspective is only harmful to those afraid of change.