Alienation: an experiment

Here’s an experiment. Tomorrow, before entering the world, wear your hair a different way. Don socks that don’t match. When asked ‘how are you?’, don’t lie. Frown.

When the queen walks in, remain seated. 

Be honest. Be yourself tomorrow.

Unless you are infinitely agreeable, unless your hair looks equally good parted, unless you are God, prepare yourself. 

Prepare for the onslaught of thinly veiled snideness, disapproval, disdain; prepare for unsolicited opinions, for rolled eyes, for mockery; prepare for all the tools at society’s disposal to keep you in line. To hammer you to conformity. 

You’re a glass half empty kind of person? You best have them walkin’ papers signed and stamped! 


You got that?

And always, always remember: FOLLOW THE CROWD. 

I dare you: wear your hair differently tomorrow.

4 responses to “Alienation: an experiment”

  1. That’s madly frightening! But gotta admit it’s true! Been there, done that!

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    1. What I failed to add, this response to change also comes from friends, family, colleagues. It truly is amazing how unsupportive the crowd is, once you have been labelled and mentally filed away.

      Thanks for the comment!

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  2. Wow. This was so thought-provoking. Unknowingly or not, we tend to follow the crowd at some point in our lives. Why do we fear change so much? I mean, I’ve met quite a few people who are afraid of moving to different countries or even incorporating little change in life simply because they’re so used to being stagnant. However, life pushes us to embrace change no matter how much we try to avoid it. But yes, as much as I hate it I end up following the crowd as well even though I try to do it as less as possible. I’ve gone out of my way just to be unconventional at times. What we require is balance. Too much of everything is toxic.

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