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True Identity Does being an individual require having a green Mohawk and a pierced nose I see so many kids walking around trying to act punk Not because there escaping the conformists that plague society but because they want to fit in Then once the person is in the group they exclude others in order to feel better about themselves We wanted to confront the people or institutions that seemed unjust instead of establishing an institution from which we could exclude others which sadly is what many punkers really want Greg Graffin shows that being an individual doesnt require being punk Punk is the way that he came to be an individual but that doesnt mean its right for everyone We punkers bonded over are collective turmoil not our individual needs or desires Being an individual is to challenge institution and figure out what your views on life are not what someone else tells you An individual is some one who wants to experience life from their own eyes someone who doesnt care what other people think or say When I first entered high school at the age of fourteen I looked up to older kids I didnt even know the kids but I wanted to be like them because they drank smoked and hung out with hot girls I thought that if I partied at a young age it would make me different from all the younger kids who didnt party So here I was at the age of fourteen going to parties with older kids Thinking that I was an individual because I partied But did I feel good about myself or was I just following the crowd trying to fit in After a couple of years of partying and hanging out with older kids that were popular because of the way the dress and the kind of car they drove I found out I didnt like the person I
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