“I’m not like everybody else.” – Everybody.
The biggest lie of our century may well be the conception that we can, actually, be unique, in a sense or another. Though it may be a hard pill to swallow for many, the ugly truth is that we are all copies of other copies.
For starters, a Japanese Spider Crab may be considered a unique creature in its own way. Its obnoxious appearance is what deters people from saying something along the lines of “you are a special, precious and beautiful Spider Crab”. A group of teenage girls will definitely prefer the banal butterfly in the above mentioned quote. Truth be told, every single individual on this planet wants to be a distinctive face in the crowd. After all, there are 7 billion of us, on a planet, which, by the way, we do not actually know is unique in the vastness of space.
Also, this is some interesting food for thought: every average Joe nowadays can be situated in at least one or two of the following categories: blond/brunet, tall/short (or should I put it: “vertically challenged”?), funny/melancholic, sociable/solitary, good/bad, Internet account/library account, and the list can go on. Though my classification will be seen as obstinate, insensitive and narrow-minded, no animals were harmed during the writing of this essay.
All jokes aside, society, as we know it today is the fruit of a long list of conformities: laws, rules, social conduct. Thanks to them, we can joyously wake up every morning; smile at the sun; brush our teeth; wear our Converse shoes and our skinny jeans; skip that one song which we still keep on our I-pods but never play; hug our best friend after a long trip; look at the moon sometimes when we feel lonely; eat junk food just that one time, because it won’t hurt; rejoice at the sight of snow just because it brings back fond memories of when we used to be happy…
Nonconformism used to be a reaction to a general, and often, restrictive pattern, to discrimination and to censorship. However, the interpretation of the term has brought us today to coin as rebellious the action of drinking water whereas others are drinking Coke. Being a maverick is so trendy in the collective mentality that being “mainstream” may someday become as unique as a pearl in the depths of the ocean. Paradoxical though it may sound, simply taking a glance at a member of the new generations will be exactly like looking in a mirror which unfortunately distorts any kind of ego it reflects.
Writing a unique essay is excruciatingly difficult, seeing that I am just part of the pattern (I bet I’m not the only one who came up with this).
Acest eseu este castigatorul premiului special in cadrul 2012 Shakespeare School Essay Competition, grupa de varsta 15-19 ani. Premiul a constat intr-un voucher de reducere in valoare de 200 RON pentru un curs intensiv de vara de 2 saptamani la Shakespeare School, carti de la Fischer International si de la Carturesti si materiale promotionale de la Vitastal Consulting. O felicitam pe Cezara pentru eseul ei care s-a evidentiat din alte mii de eseuri trimise la concursul national de creatie in limba engleza organizat de Shakespeare School si ii uram mult succes in continuare!