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Conformity: A Prison For Your Mind. It Is NOT necessary for Survival on a Global Scale.

Updated on November 9, 2015

Prisons of our minds - most are self imposed

ball and chains imposed by religious fanatics
ball and chains imposed by religious fanatics
we can escape the prisons of our minds
we can escape the prisons of our minds
our hands are tied by ignorance of society
our hands are tied by ignorance of society
man's inhumanity to animals
man's inhumanity to animals
cages around our minds, hearts, and souls
cages around our minds, hearts, and souls
man caging animals
man caging animals
our minds locked behind self imposed prisons
our minds locked behind self imposed prisons

Conformity -

being obedient and compliant with the prevailing standards, norms, and customs.

It is all about ''survival'' on a Global Scale. .

We live in a self induced stagnant society. Repressed by old ideas and fears.

In order to progress forward we must let go of the chains that bind us to the past. We must take hold of our spirituality, and individuality, and stop insisting that society continue clinging to some hopefulness for the future that is beyond our control. We must shed (or at the very least - modify) the religions that refuse to allow us any individual spiritual growth at all; while simultaneously destroying the tyrants who control all of our other aspects of life.

We all learned early in life that the key to survival was to conform to societal rules or perish.

But is this really what we should be teaching our children? Diversity and acceptance would be a better indoctrinating factor than that of archaic suppressing and superstitious beliefs.

Dangers of non-conformity

This is truly a hostile world filled with cruelty and horror for those who do not conform to the perceived societal "norm" (the standards set by the majority; but more often by the minority that rules the roost).

There is not much room on this planet for anyone who is not part of something bigger than we are as individuals.

"Individuality" and "autonomy" are only catch phrases (words) and only have meaning to the leaders of the packs of the hostile clans that live on planet earth. They serve as ''verbal tools'' for the higher group plan, to give the allusion of being an "independent" agent. You are only allowed this illusion if it serves the best interest of the "leaders" of these packs of human animals.

The person foolish enough to attempt independence, or true autonomy, is soon quashed by the larger animistic entities we call our benefactors. Those who have the real control over our lives, our finances, and our very thoughts.

Even those who appear to have independence, or autonomy, are allowed to maintain this delusional status only as a condition of societal acceptance, as long as it serves yet another group, or sub set of people, who need, (or desires) what ever it is that you have to offer as an independent entrepreneur.

Big animals always eat the smaller ones. As predatory animals, humans are no different except in the 'literal' sense of the larger animals devouring the smaller and weaker, or meeker.

This conformity is evident in ALL aspects of human life regardless of what one "decides" to do for a living. Pick any "occupation" and see it as a "part" of something else; a mere link in a chain. If one link is removed, it will leave a small gap in the entire structure, but the integrity of the fence/wall/facade will be maintained. As any part, of any "occupation", can only exist within the global, or communal society in which it needs to be, in order to survive, so does the individual human being.

Societal controls thru conformity

Commodities: (defined as an economic good, as a product of agriculture, or mining; a mass produced product, or anything that is useful or valued).

These things are easily controlled, manipulated, and corralled to be under the control of a few for personal profit and the power that accompanies that 'control' over the necessities of survival, is easy to understand. Conforming to those restrictions benefit us as individuals but we deny that without them we cannot survive very well on our own.

Psychic control:

Where the 'grayer' areas lie is with the psychic corralling that also takes place in our society. Unlike the corralling and control over commodities that are broken down into separate parts depending on the type of goods, and the severity of the needs for them. They provide an endless list of things that range from the necessities (food and shelter) to the frivolous (pleasure giving) items, that one can certainly live without.

While this economic control by a few can surely cause disastrous consequences as seen all around the world today - the psychic control is the most damaging to all societies around the globe. That being the belief that without the influences of those who are in power there would be nothing but anarchy, lawlessness and chaos. And that in itself may be more true than false. What we are relinquishing to those who control those influences is our right to rescind that control when they take their tasks too far and infringe on our individual liberties.

Religious control:

Is apparent by the constant inane and obviously ludicrous absurdity of the religious movement that has permeated our entire global society to the point of eccentric exaggeration and incongruity among the entire world populace.

While being almost laughable on one hand in its absurdity, it is totally Luciferian on the other hand.

Religions create an atmosphere of doom and gloom that would befall us all if they did not exist. But by their very indoctrination techniques upon the children of our global society they cause us to give up the freedom of thought and the very use of common sense in lieu of superstitious nonsense. Brainwashing children into conformity is never an acceptable alternative to critical or abstract thinking based on logic and empirical evidence.

Taking back our control -

is certainly not an easy task.

The ''commodity control'' can be recaptured by government regulation if we stop viewing it as a necessary evil; rather than a means of returning the power over our lives back to the "real" people and not just leaving it in the hands of a few who are only servile unto themselves.

The ''psychic control'' is not so easily rescinded. It is the most dangerous and damaging to the survival of the global society itself. This "concept" is so ingrained into the minds, hearts and souls of mankind that it must first be recognized as a hostile invasion of the psyche before any remedy (or cure) can begin.

Therein lies the global dilemma that appears to have no solution. Our very own Catch 22 on a global scale. What we "believe to be true", is our greatest captor.

Our fear to face reality is the jail cell we are currently living in. And worst of all the fear of this unknown, unseen, unproven belief is the key that keeps us locked in those intellectual jail cells with no hope of escape to freedom. Or worse, the loss of any desire to escape at all.

When one realizes that the concept of spirituality does not (or should not) a prison make, we can proceed from there. Moreover, unlike organized religions, 'universal spirituality' is actually also the key to freedom for a psyche world of peace and harmony; without the confines of being corralled into conformity by the businesses that call themselves "religions" and the nothingness that they offer to society except for their control over us via unfounded fear, guilt and repression.

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“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

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Necessity of Conformity

Conformity may be a necessity for survival - but tyranny is NOT.

Neither in a communal nor psychological sense.

We must remove the "tyrants" from our society - from all aspects of commodity control, psychic control, government control, and religious control over our lives before peace can begin on this earth.

It is NOT one of those things, or another, by themselves. ALL must be addressed simultaneously for mankind to survive, thrive and progress into a brighter, bolder, freer, and more knowledgeable future.

And as the supposed global leader in liberation, this country (the U.S.A.) should be the first to correct these societal 'errors' or barriers to peace, post haste. (But we all know it would not be politically correct for congress to relinquish all controls over our society - there would be nothing left for them to "debate" in their campaigning for political offices)

The best first baby steps of any child are always forward movements - not backwards. And yet, as a society, we keep insisting on trying to walking backwards in stead of taking those first baby steps forward.

We are all just prisoners of the mind.

by: d.william 10/04/2011

Prison for your mind


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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Somewhere in the south


      Thank you so much for your insightful comments and forgive me for this delay in answering your comments. You are truly an inspiration to us all. If all parents taught their children as you are doing this world would be a much better place at a faster pace.

      The best we can do (outside of a teaching environment) is to touch the hearts and minds of others by example, compassion, empathy and open acceptance of the diversity of others.

      If we simply embrace the fact that we, as individuals, and not better or no worse than any other human being we can change society one small step at a time.

      Rigid mindedness, narrow mindedness and righteous indignation are negatives society must address for change to take place.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      To Danny: While updating this article i realized i missed some comments on it. Yours are especially profound and certainly appreciated. The best we can do for our children is to let them learn to think for themselves, make their own decisions and learn from the consequences of what those decisions reap.

      The next best thing is to encourage them to never give up their quest to learn new things. A well rounded education with an open mind is more insurance that they will be happy in life and successful when their activities are helpful to others and not harmful.

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      4 years ago

      Maybe the anger that was shown only goes to demonstrate the point that you were aclultay trying to make we don't need to be conformists and get uncomfortable when someone tries to look at something another way and have their own ideas and views on what success is, not the views that have been instilled in us since we were very young the ones that fit societal norms. I really appreciated this article in particular, as a teacher and parent.And yes, I am one of those people who has always spoken out against forcing someone else's idea of education and values and success on the children we teach and guide. I feel very alone sometimes as a parent especially, that I do things differently, am trying to teach my children responsibilty for themselves and their choices and not rely on someone else to do those for them. I also try to teach them to trust themselves, to follow their hearts and inner voices that are unique to them. And yes, I realise that this might be idealistic, but it can be done, while at the same time, raising children and educating children to be respectful, disiplined and members of society who show initiative. I think the response you had just amplifies the fear that we all have of breaking away from the powers that be .Sorry don't mean to sound like I'm on a soapbox but I'm passionate about education versus training. Thank you for the article, it really made me think outside of the box about my style of parenting, which I fail at all the time, but from which I learn every day. I thank my parents for teaching me the one lesson that has served me so well in life to be myself, with all the good and bad that that embraces.

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      4 years ago

      I would much rather raise my kids with them knwiong that they are pretty awesome the way they were made. I don't want a copycat- I want an original. I want the Van Gogh of my kids. I want them to be able to look in the mirror and say, hey, I'm ok with who I am. I want to know I raised happy, well adjusted kids. Not little robots. I was interviewing with a CFO one time and he never asked me about my skills, my ability to follow the rules; he asked me about my dreams. In one sentence he was able to tell me 2 huge things; first he could a monkey to do just about any job and second if you don't have dreams you can't create amazing things. Didn't think much of it at the time but now that I have kids; I know my role in the kids life. I can't solve all their problems, I can't fix everything for them; I can't make them good choices. All I can do is love them as much as I can, let them fail, be their safety net, and make sure they are ok with the people they are on the inside. And how do I do that? I need to show them that I accept them for who they are. Yes, sometimes I cringe at the things they say or do, but I learn much better from my mistakes. Why would I think they are any different? Why are the standards higher for my kids than myself? Why do I judge them by their actions and myself by my intentions? I don't have a lot of answers- but I learn along the way. I've learned that laughing with my kids has created a silly fun way to make them feel loved. I've learned to slow down and take time to do feed the ducks with them. I can't control everyone else; but I can inspire them to change or want (not better) but different for themselves.Sorry to ramble .

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I agree with all you said with one exception: "..and instinct to follow".

      The instinct to follow is actually a learned behavior. It is human nature to have a sense of belonging, but not to conformity. When you conform to belong you lose your individuality. You adopt the mob mentality ergo losing your individual identity. This provides a false sense of safety, and used as an excuse for adverse behaviors that the group may possess.

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      Beata Stasak 

      7 years ago from Western Australia

      Each person has an individual soul, an instinct to follow, the boundless but unique gift of energy to share with the world....we are one, but each one with a different path to follow to meet on the same road:)....thank you for the interesting hub:)

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Your words are so true that God still rules this world - not the churches. If only people could see that, we would be a much more tolerant and forgiving society.

      Yes, one of the greatest problems is that those politicians do not have limited terms. And even those who serve one term cash in on those endless benefits, of insurance coverage, retirement benefits, and all the perks they can con out of those who are willing to pay for their loyalty. Disgusting to say the least.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. And i have to agree with you in that we as individuals can do little to change things. But, if we all distance ourselves from the bad things, we CAN change the world one person at a time.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Happy to have you here.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great thought provoking Hub. I saw people in New York demonstrating in front of the World Trade Center today, that's a start. As long as people just roll with the flow, never voicing their opinions, nothing will change. The wealthy will get richer and the poor will get poorer. I don't know if it can be done, but we have the power to change politics in this country. Career politicians need to be voted out, term limits on every Senator, members of congress and most importantly the Supreme court, as well as all Judges. The churches should be taxed to pay their fair share. God still rules this world, not the churches. If people would give to the needy instead of the church, poverty would end. We have much to do....Thank's.. Cheers

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      7 years ago

      Not sure there is anything you or I or anyone else can do about it. Guess this is why I quit going to church.

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      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Nice work - Very thought provoking

      I voted up and interesting

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Your comments are always welcomed.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      7 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      People must wake up and evolve away from the herd mentality if we wish to evolve as a species. As I say the road to hell is conformity. Great ideas and innovations were instituted by brave souls who defied convention. Great hub.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Neither do the political parties, religious zealots, religions themselves, tyrants of all levels, or every single corporation in the land. Did i leave any one out?

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      7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Hmm.....Chicago thugs do not like anyone opposing them.


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