You mock those who blindly follow the majority…turn your attention now to those who are so dedicated to deviating from the norm that they would gladly cease breathing if it were suggested to them that inhalation was a form of conformity; for they deserve just as much scrutiny and ridicule.
Avoiding something simply because it is “cool”* is as foolish as liking something merely on the basis of it’s socially favoured status. This is because a person undertaking the former is still acknowledging the “cool” status of the item in question, and deciding their position on something solely because of the opinions of the masses. Flocking from trends is just as reprehensible as flocking towards trends, because you are allowing trends to influence your preferences. Your preferences should frolic freely amongst all possibilities and not flock anywhere in response to trends and the public opinion. A mindless avoider of trends who does not subject them to his own judgement but cultivates distaste for them based solely on the fact that others favour them is not noticeably less retarded than he who mindlessly cultivates a fondness for anything that currently happens to be in the limelight of other’s affections.
*”Cool” here need not mean mass-trendy, on the radio, etc. Cool can be anything that any group of people assent to within any subculture. “Cool” doesn’t need to mean favoured by the mass majority, just the majority of any particular social clique.
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