“Do not conform” is difficult advice in a generation when crowd pressures have unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to the rhythmic drumbeat of the status quo. Many voices and forces urge us to choose the path of least resistance, bid us never to fight for an unpopular cause and never to be found in a pathetic minority of two or three.
Even certain of our intellectual disciplines persuade us of the need to conform. Some philosophical sociologist suggest that morality is merely group consensus and that the folkways are the right ways. Some psychologist say that mental and emotional adjustment is the reward of thinking and acting like other people.
Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.
(Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)