Benefits of Being an Outcast

What or Who is an Outcast?

An outcast is someone who doesn't seem to quite "fit in" with the rest of the world. Outcasts normally have their own ideas about how to do things and how to live their lives. They don't follow "normal" conventions, so they might not engage in the same activities as other children, formulate the expected social relationships or end up establishing the expected career pathways. They go by the "beat of their own drum" and often make decisions that go against established social pressures, and their behaviors are often without regards to the feelings and wishes of others in their lives. Outcasts are only outcasts because society deems them so through the establishment of expected behaviors and roles that not everyone can mold themselves into occupying and maintain for a lifetime.

The Problem

Growing up, outcasts can have many miserable experiences such as getting teased in school, being shunned from daily activities, and generally experiencing brutal harassment on a daily basis including bullying and becoming a victim of targeted violence. Being different can certainly be a struggle. By not following society's expectations, a person may feel all alone in the world. Often people are forced to conform to society just to escape the hardships and brutality that comes from being labeled as "different". Many of those harassed individuals have turned on themselves ~ engaging in drug abuse, self-harm and even suicide. Life doesn't have to be a cycle of hate, if we accept and allow difference.

The Good Things About Being Different

Outcasts are needed in the world. There is much to celebrate about being different. Outcasts:

  • make the best friends because they tend to accept individual uniqueness and allow their friends to be themselves. They are true to themselves, less susceptible to peer pressure and will be with you through your hard times without abandoning you just because it might be popular or expected.
  • run the world because they are the ones unafraid to pave new ground. They are the ones who will make new discoveries, find pioneering breakthroughs in medicine, science and technology and produce the most creative art.
  • provide an environment in which new ideas can foster and pave the way for greater acceptance of difference in our society. They will be the ones to create a movement towards tolerance of religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs and gender boundaries.

Let's celebrate the beauty of being different and unique and thank the outcasts for helping to allow us all to be more of ourselves.

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mariekbloch 5 years ago

Agreed. Good topic!


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MsDonna48 5 years ago

truthfornow,

This is a very inpiring and true article. Those who do things their own way should be recognized and applauded.

Great hub!


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smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

thank you for writing something so beautiful. nicely put. another great hub.


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jpcmc 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

If we dig deep enough we can always find something different about ourselves. This makes us special.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Fascinating hub and you have made very valid points. Many thanks for sharing. voted up!


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danfresnourban 5 years ago from Fresno, CA

Great point, many of the world leaders were outcasts. Bill Gates is a classic example, and he laughed all the way to the bank. Outcasts everywhere should celebrate your individuality.


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AngelMary621 5 years ago from New York

Great hub. I enjoyed the layout. It kept me interested the whole way through. Lots of terrific information.


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

I think it is so important now with young people killing themselves over being bullied. It is so sad because as adults we know that things can get better. But, when you are young everything seems so permanent. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my Hub. It is all very much appreciated and keeps me encouraged to keep on writing and developing my Hubs.


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mattdigiulio 5 years ago

Just gotta throw it out there that I agree with you. Nicely done! Voting up.


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thank you


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Amber Colleen 5 years ago

Interesting! This was very true and awesome. :)


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

It is really great when you can be your own person.


andy 5 years ago

Many Jews feel outcasts.

Our torah says be kind to strangers for we were strangers in a strange land.


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dawnowens 5 years ago from Jersey Girl

I agree & enjoyed reading this. Good hub.


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truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks dawnowens.


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DavyCrockett 4 years ago

Thank you for this!


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for stopping by my page DavyCrockett!


Ann 4 years ago

Excellent info - thx


Onyinye 4 years ago

I appreciate your write-up. It's very interesting and very true. Thanks


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks Ann and Onyinye for reading and taking the time to comment on my article.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

hello truthfornow. I had to read your hub once more for inspiration. I just felt alone and "outcast" at work. I'm relatively new to the company and my ideas have rocked to boat so to speak. Of course changes are needed for improvement. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to go outside of their comfort zones. As such, there is a feeling of being separated from the pack because of my ideas and policies i implemented. It's just nice to draw strength from works like yours. OK, Now I feel better. Ranting is over.


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truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

I am glad I could help in some small way jpcmc. I hope things get better for you soon. Hang in there!


ya mum 4 years ago

nice


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innerspin 4 years ago from uk

The title drew me in. I'm glad it did because this is a thought-provoking hub, one I agree with. We need different people in this world.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

What a beautiful article! We are told we should be ourselves, but unfortunately if 'ourselves' isn't like most of everyone else, we are then pointed at as weird and shunned and labeled. It's true that the 'different people' are usually the ones who make ground breaking discoveries, but sadly nothing they do is appreciated until long after they're dead. That's how long it takes ordinary people who fit in to realize the value of us who are 'weird.' Sharing this article . . .


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Robert Sacchi 11 months ago

Interesting article. It does seem to over generalize outcasts. An outcast could be the person who is smarter than the others in the class or the person who is less intelligent than the others. The outcast can be the believer or non-believer, depending on the group. The outcast can also be the substance abuser or the non-substance abuser in the group. I've seen examples of these.

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