ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Most of the People Are the Other People

Updated on November 24, 2019
KhurramShehzad321 profile image

Khurram is an experienced socio-political and psychological analyst.

Oscar Wilde's quote
Oscar Wilde's quote

Imprisoned Freedom of the Individual

Man though born free and claims to be free is yet not free. Enslaved in the chains of traditions, customs and conventions, obsessed by trends and fashions, pulled by unquestionable religious beliefs, driven by the most welcomed political thoughts and concepts, engaged by the social norms, values and duties, lured by the deceptive beauties, cheated by bogus appearances and false promises and defeated by the fate…….how perfectly a liar is a man while declaring himself to be free. His mind preoccupied with such a strong sense of following others leads the man to appear as another person while dissolving his personal-genuine-self in the dimensionless ocean of identical-souls.

People following each other
People following each other

Trend-Following in the Society

Advocating the point I have raised, I would preferably say that most of our activities or in-activities are an outcome of the social trends and formalities. Every doer of a task may not necessarily be doing the task whole-heartedly, but he does that just for the others are doing the same. People make contributions to the fundraising organizations, people participate in the events, people make refusals and denials, they take up the challenges, they formulate the opinions, and they raise the slogans and make promises against their personal will, at times, to confirm the social norms. In a constant process of pursuing others, one may, more probably, abandons his own-self unattended somewhere there in the middle of the way.

Trend-Following
Trend-Following

Conformism: The only Way to Smooth Survival

It is very unfortunate to be said, though it is the real rough face of the world that being a conformist is the only certification for one to be taken as a decent being in the community. A lass from a poverty-stricken family, for instance, who has lately eloped with a young sailor to some far-off land will be forever remembered as an outcast. A solider in military barracks carrying sympathy in his heart for the poor soldiers in his rival-barracks who have just come there to earn their livelihood will be taken for a traitor, always. A non-believer tolerating the believers of a specific religion is the most undesirable man of his community. A Harvard-guy cladded in a shepherd's get up is an ignorant and illiterate by all means. So, everyman showing non-conformity is considered as man of embarrassingly shameful status.

A person with more than one look
A person with more than one look

Borrowing Faces

In an attempt to be on the safer side, people borrow faces from others to hide themselves under the mask of new welcoming and unquestioning faces. If a rational-being walks into a room full of people from all ranks and walks of life then he comes to know how poorly they try to pretend themselves to be as someone else. A keen observer finds that people bear false appearances and bogus looks. I fear that I am getting little more than extra-subjective in evaluating such people that everyman is not as simple as he seems like. Genuinely speaking, every church-goer, if you consider, is not a worshipper but merely a church-goer. Every solider may not necessarily be a solider but a breadwinner. Every fast-observer is not observing fast with the pure intent of seeking Almighty's grace but as to demonstrate a collective holy-deed. Likewise, every lover is not a lover but he may be the one who wishes to be in love with someone for his peers are in love-relation with someone. Every holy-man may not be a holy-man in the true sense but he can be a man who finds his current occupation as a last option to prolong his stay on the planet in a well-acclaimed way. In a very similar fashion, every killer may not be a killer. Every onlooker may not be an onlooker. Every bystander may not be a bystander. Every passerby may not be a passerby. And it is not quite necessary that every spectator putting his hands together is appreciating your feat for all the admirers are not the admirers.

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."

(Oscar Wilde)

We aren't Just Ourselves

It is an irrefutable certitude that we are the sons of our circumstances. The dilemma of life is that nearly more than half of our personality is fabricated by our whereabouts. The financial circumstances of a blacksmith's son who is born with an instinct of becoming a golf-player will keep him away from his passion. Her sex wouldn't allow her to pronounce her unbridled longings for entering the world of show-business if the daughter of a male-chauvinist family is to unfold her wish to her parents. To conclude, our circumstances; be it prosperity or poverty; be it liberty or imprisonment, be it hunger or saturation, be it lust or love, be it labor or privilege, be it benignity or atrocity, in every given situation individual will be an offspring of that specific condition. Forgetting, unconsciously, what he had wished to be and what he has transformed into, he appears to be entirely a helpless being.

Epilogue

The epilogue of the discussion is that all the above-mentioned factors regulate the psychological development of the human mind. If a man does not show conformity to what is taken as normal then he would in return be declared as an abnormal or an outcast. Non-conformity would inculcate a sense of alienation in him. As a consequence of not addressing the social duties, he would be stricken by a fear of being other. So, when the fear of otherness haunts him, the son of man steps out of his home to overcome that unsaid fear and heads towards a crowd of people, move preferably to say towards " An art gallery of faces" and he becomes one of that. Nevertheless, the most ironical of all is that in pursuit of lessening his sense of otherness though he becomes the same as the other-selves, yet becomes an other-self than himself.

(To a wandering soul that ended up in dust in a desert of wonders).

Total Freedom

Are you totally free from sociopolitical and religious pulls or not?

See results

© 2019 Khurram Shehzad

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)