Follow the Herd

note: this is what most kids grow up believing, this is how they are brainwashed, it’s not too late to make a change, it’s not too late for them to learn to be themselves, to ignore the messages they receive, to learn to love individuality and difference. We can make a change, but first we have to accept our own limitations, and recognize that what’s wrong with our youth reflects what is wrong with our own selves and society at large. 

Follow the herd

High school is a plastic doll factory. It teaches you to one thing and one thing only: be like everybody else. These jeans are the latest hot fad, those shoes are not acceptable, hair shouldn’t be too long nor too short, and so on. The easiest way to avoid being bullied is to join the crowd, sacrifice your soul, and willingly turn into a sheep. Follow the leader, be part of the herd, don’t think too much, just go with the flow.You have to remember what’s important: keeping up with your friends. You won’t be judged on your mind or personality, you will be judged on your clothes and appearance. Accept it, and learn to relish it, after all, there is no I in team.

All this does not end with high school, though. High school is just the beginning. It’s the training camp for the real world. The lessons you learn now will serve you for the rest of your life. If you don’t learn them, you’re screwed. If you don’t fit in now, you probably never will. You’re probably one of those weirdo misfit people who think up is down and black is white. Good luck with that. You’ll be a loser the rest of your life, because you don’t know how to follow orders. Not the teacher’s orders mind you, but the social order.

The pecking order we all adhere to, because there are winners and losers, and we get to pick them amongst ourselves. The alpha dogs and head bitches in charge will not be questioned. You are allowed to be a beta, or a random follower, but you are not allowed to have a mind of your own. If you do, then you have two choices: be an outcast (get beat up or harassed on a regular basis) or be invisible (be ignored by everyone and have no friends).

Welcome to paradise, these are the rules, don’t like them, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. We’re in a club, an exclusive one, only certain people get in, the rest watch from the outside forever. That’s how things work. It’s best to accept and follow along. Conform. Be like everybody else and turn your brain off. It builds character, you know, having friends and fitting in. You’ll always land on your feet in life if you fit in, if you know how to schmooze, if you look the right way and say the right things. Never mind those other people: the rebels, the introverts, the prudes, the homosexuals and asexuals,  the punks and the geeks, the losers and the nerds, the artists and the dreamers, the techies and the bookworms, the scene kids and the goths, the addicts and jailbirds, and so on. They’re bad for society. They’ll fail, they already have.

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