I am what I am
September 11, 2010 § 4 Comments
Recently, I watched this movie ‘Dead poets society‘, a movie worthy of one’s time. Seriously. The concept would probably be quite familiar for most people. Our own, 3 idiots gets very close to DPS, and even … nope, could n’t recollect any other one.
So, Robbin Williams plays the role of a English teacher at a boarding school which is known for its academic excellence & discipline, etc. He is portrayed as a free thinker, someone who makes new ways for himself. The movie is about encouraging people to find their inner voice & revolutionize perceptions. I am not going to narrate the full story, but just one particular scene which was well shot & provoked me. Here it goes:
The topic for that day’s class is ‘conformity’. The teacher makes 3 students walk inside quadrangle, one behind the author. Initially they start off with different speeds & rhythm. After few seconds, their steps synchronize. Left, right, left, right… Each one of thee conformed their individual, independent rhythm to match with the other two, so that it looks uniform & good. This is exactly the lesson! 🙂 The teacher goes on to question, “why did the conformation happen?”. In the teacher’s own words, (addressing his students)
.. we all have a great need for acceptance. But you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own. Even though others may think them odd or unpopular …
When people find it difficult to be a rebel or when the going gets tough, they back down. Hmm. Very interesting thought. Why should you align your interests/thoughts with the global, national, societal, family interests? Where is the real YOU?