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Based on the preceding information we can now build on this and realize that all human experience is unique. One of the first problems that we need to look into is peer pressure.  Or social indoctrination. This is a very strong force. A force that puts great pressure on one another to conform to some arbitrary set of rules of acceptable behavior. This force increases with the size of a society. The larger a society the smaller any one individual becomes. Societal pressure undermines individuality , and uniqueness. Often in a society there is a relentless competition for the few who enact the rules. Society becomes divided when there are a lot of powerful or perceived to be powerful people who in some way either through force , coercion , or as perceived to be an authority figure gathers a following. In many cases if enough people in a society feel strongly enough that there needs are not being served by one society they will gather  together , find a representative and thus create another society with different rules. There are other factors such as race , nationality and religion. Social indoctrination is counter indicative to personal uniqueness.

A quote From Eric Fromm

Quote ……. Fromm outlined three of the most common escape mechanisms: automaton conformity, authoritarianism, and destructiveness. Automaton conformity is changing one’s ideal self to conform to a perception of society’s preferred type of personality, losing one’s true self in the process. Automaton conformity displaces the burden of choice from self to society.

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I find this quote more than adequately sums the problem up.

We put so much emphasis on trying to be either like every one else or better than every one else. This is non productive as every individual or groups of individuals are best suited for a particular task that adds to the whole of society. Humans tend towards extremes in views in social structures to create farther friction between the various social groups. Through out history the human race has become a splintered society where all kind of rationals have been used to create more splinter groups.

If we are to live in an age of reason we need to all understand the underlying principal that we are all unique and should not submit to a social norm. The human race would achieve so much more that way

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