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A Japanese proverb says The nail that sticks out will be hammered down Society tries to place many regulations on us as individuals as to what is admissible and what is not We must decide for ourselves whether to conform to such a social decorum We are taught as soon as we are old enough to grasp the idea that it is undesirable to be unique and to avoid being different At some point however we must decide within ourselves whether to spend every day trying to be like everyone else because society says we should or living each day true to ourselves Our strength as a person is proven through what we decide E E Cummings once said To be nobody but yourself-in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you like everyone else-means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting The benefits of being true to ourselves greatly outweigh any negative aspects of choosing that path I think that there are times when it is best to try to conform but most of the time you stand to gain the most by being yourself When we do not conform we are seen for who we really are we learn to think for ourselves we are aspiring to be great and we may perchance discover what God would have us do with our lives By deciding to be ourselves no matter the cost we stand to gain much more from life than we could ever lose What is rebellion That is a question that in many ways can be answered and in some ways cant be completely answered at all Literature illustrates the diversity that rebellion can provide to the reader The interpretation of what rebellion is can be a comprehensive one As a reader or observer if that is the case one automatically forms his own opinion
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