Tag Archives: Conformity

Fear in Moderation

Often, the cautious, incremental, conservative, moderate, careful approach is the least appropriate and stupidest response, under the circumstances.  It’s the mindset that leads to the wrong answers or to a lack of effective action.  This kind of approach leads to … Continue reading

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In Praise of Things You Don’t Like

Artists, as aesthetes, tend to surround themselves with things they like.  Part of their aesthetic is about what they select and what they discard.  Ordinary people do this in their everyday lives, too.  The totality of their comfortable existence is … Continue reading

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Conformity

“Do your own thing”, they tell you.  “Be yourself”.  Then, there’s the real world of prejudice, gatekeepers, herd instincts, power, money, employment, groupthink, uniformity and conformity.  Ultimately, you have to make a choice about which world you live in, but … Continue reading

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Misfits

I am certain that this is not universally true about artists, any more than such sweeping generalisations apply to any group of people that share a common pursuit in life, but it has to be said that many people become … Continue reading

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Censorship, Control and Conformity

In Stalin’s Russia, making the wrong sort of art could literally get you killed.  Unless your art conformed to the central committee’s view of what was deemed appropriate, you could find yourself being denounced by all your former friends and … Continue reading

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