Uniqueness or Conformity: which will it be?

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In Mathematics, the unique solution is King. A solution that is not unique, not so much. This state of affairs prevails because while solutions that are not unique provide us with path flexibility, flexibility is useless if end points or objectives are not uniquely identifiable. In the United States, you can travel to Boston, MA from Atlanta, GA by road either through the state of Virginia or the state of Ohio. Traveling through Ohio takes roughly four additional hours, but gets you to Boston, MA. There is flexibility in choice of path, but if Boston, MA was not a fixed spatial point, flexibility of traveling through either of the states of Virginia or Ohio would be meaningless because arrival at Boston would be non-detectable, as such impossible.

Unique solutions are fixed points. They provide reference points, as such are the source of demand for solutions (paths) that are not unique. Without fixed points or unique solutions, flexibility in decision making is useless, as such impossible.

Suppose for instance every teenager conforms by liking and listening to rock music. Some may like the Bee Gees, others the Rolling Stones. We have conformity but conformity is expressed within context of flexibility, as such is not contradictory to choice or free will.

Without flexibility, conformity is robotism, a denigration of human existence, free will, and choice.

In the knowledge that we are in elliptical orbit around the sun, as such always at a relatively constant distance from the sun, we arrive at a sense of location that negates demand for pinpointing of our actual location. Absent knowledge of exact location, we have peace because there exists a reference point, the Sun. While our Sun itself also is in orbit, relative to life on earth, the Sun is a unique solution, a fixed point in space-time continuum. The relativity of the Sun as fixed point is sufficient for our sense of location.

If we do not value uniqueness that enhances the value proposition of life on earth (let’s refer to this sort of uniqueness as “good uniqueness”), we devalue the flexibility that renders conformity a non-degrading choice. We have then that those who push conformity must needs value good uniqueness wherever it is found else the loss of flexibility implies human consciousness eventually will rebel against demand for conformity.

Conformity demanded by music designed for parties or clubbing (designed for gatherings of lots of people, think Beyonce type music) embeds choice only because there exists music expressed entirely as an art form (think the Sade group), music that may or may not do as well in the stores. Conformity demanded by action movies with bad scripts (was this Transformers 2 or 3?) embeds choice only because there exist movies which are pure artistic expressions that at times do not make much money at the box office (think the ‘Locke’ movie, one of the best movies ever, period, grossing a measly money losing US$1.3 Million in the USA). It is the presence of the unique that renders the conformist option a choice.

Conformity works for those seeking to profit from it only in presence of unique solutions or fixed points that generate appearance of choice.

When conformism no longer seems to be a choice, conformists seek for new things. Enter the revolutionary or the extremist offering a new form of conformism that simultaneously embeds rebellion against the status quo. This perhaps explains why many young Britons found Islamic extremism appealing.

If we devalue uniqueness in order to reach the conformist, the conformist eventually becomes the extremist or the revolutionary.

Blind push for conformism without simultaneous encouragement and valuing of good uniqueness is the root of much of the extremism and misery in the world today.

Good uniqueness and good conformity make the world a much better place for us all.

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Educator and Researcher, Believer in Spirituality, Life is serious business, but we all are pilgrims so I write about important stuff with empathy and ethos

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