Why Do I Need to be Normal?

Leon's Existential Cafe

“The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego.” -Alan Watts

Contrarianism- the opposition of popular opinions and social norms for the sake of opposing and being different, for the sake of going against the current. Contrarianism is, too often, the natural rebellion of those who’ve grown weary of being perpetually placed in a box and insisted on how to think, how to feel, what to like, who to love, and how to live; contrarianism is the self’s last defense against intrusion, its last stand against unsolicited servitude; but, contrarianism is, in essence, the annihilation of the self’s potential for individuation, its drive for authenticity. In a society which relentlessly continues to impose its will on each of its members, contrarianism is, for many children and teenagers, their last…

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