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although the internet is seemingly free, it is primarily the result of the enormous growth of corporate culture; which has proven to be as toxic and unsympathetic to individual growth and expression as any ruling body which has ever existed previously in history.
individuation, or the process by which a human being becomes more and more unique during the course of their lives, is a process highly suspect in the anyonymous landscape of corporate convention, and the psuedo-culture it has spawned.
the more i become myself, in all its intricacies, and the more freely i express that condition without regard for external validation or approval, the more threatening i become to the people who have chosen to sacrifice the risks inherent in being singular, for the safety-in-numbers strategy of the herd mentality, favored in corporate culture.
cultivate your own unique peculiarity - have faith in your oneness - nothing can stop you - individuals are drawn towards other individuals - the psyches of individuals overlap - relationships can be based upon inspiration
-------------------- Everything is better than it was the last time. I'm good.
If we could look into each others hearts, and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.
It takes a lot of courage to go out there and radiate your essence.
I know you scared, you should ask us if we scared too. If you was there, and we just knew you cared too.
this pic from rosaleen norton is called 'individuation'.
living in japan, i see the herd mentality being pushed from kindergarten. there is a suspicious love of uniforms here, indeed many of the companies, i frequent, dress their staff in pastel colored uniforms, from the president down to the dishwasher. imagination and initiative are in short supply. people who stand out are frowned upon, words like 'ganko' (stubborn or difficult) being applied to them. dig the japanese tour groups who follow obediently behind their guides. in school, the focus is on retention and repetition. self-expression and independent thought are not encouraged. the teacher writes or speaks, the student takes notes. asking questions is viewed as insulting. no wonder my id card (which i must carry 24/7 or enjoy 3 days in jail) is labelled - 'certificate of alien registration' at narita airport passport control, there are two lines, one labelled 'japanese', the other - 'aliens'.
Quote: the more i become myself, in all its intricacies, and the more freely i express that condition without regard for external validation or approval, the more threatening i become to the people who have chosen to sacrifice the risks inherent in being singular, for the safety-in-numbers strategy of the herd mentality, favored in corporate culture.
Excellent CJ This is a "quotable quote". I'm going to list in in the Literary forum!
I noticed the same thing in Narita when I first got here, kinda tripped me out, and sence then I can help but notice the unquestioned conformity in the Japanese culture. It frightens me, I thought it was bad in the states where I made the resolution to do what I felt in my heart, not what I felt might go against the grain of society. Its a hard resolution to maintian, especially in a job where conformity is the biggest thing, and sometimes I fail even when it is in my power to be myself. But more aften then not I manage to be true to myself by being myself, there is little more rewarding then the freedom of being your own personality.