Wednesday, October 12, 2011
To thine own self be false
People only want to you to be who you are and speak your mind if it conveniences them. If you are truly, deep down in your soul, 100%, unfiltered neo-Nazi, I'll give you a billion dollars the second anyone tells you to keep being who you are, speaking your mind, sticking to your guns, etc., etc.
Extreme case? Yes, but the philosophy stands. As a culture, we really do want conformity, despite how we claim to value uniqueness. Think of any time any pubic figure has said something negative toward one group or another. Now, think about how that public figure was practically forced at gunpoint to insincerely apologize for what they said, in a feeble attempt to save their careers, which won't work because the second the unpleasant words left their mouths, every last one of us became judge, jury, and executioner. Don't even try to deny it.
I personally do think you should show what's in your heart, even if it's ugly. What's the sense in hiding it? If you're a stupid racist fuck, hiding it will only make it worse for you later down the road when it accidentally slips out. Besides, there are very successful people who've built entire careers around sincerely being the assholes they are. Bill O'Reilly, Howard Stern, Andy Kaufman, Dane Cook, Dr. Phil, and Charlie Sheen are just a few examples. Each one of 'em has a pile of money bigger than the rest of us could ever imagine, and all they did to get it was be their dickhead selves from day one; but oh, how we love to criticize them for it.
No, I don't like it when a person is an asshole, neo-Nazi, racist, or any other kind of bigot or jackoff, but I'm not the one blowing myself about how tolerant and accepting I am of all people and their viewpoints. We don't always respect people who are true to themselves. Otherwise the Phelps family of Westboro Baptist Church fame would be the most respected family in America and not the most hated. Pin It