I was discussing with a friend of mine my last blog post ‘Are You Judged By Your Dimensions?’ when she told me about a lady that once appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. That lady is naturally brunette but for years she had dyed her hair blonde. When she was asked why, she simply said: “because I want to get noticed.” Then a man asked her a very smart question: “How will you get noticed when 10000 women look like you?”
Hearing what that woman said, I actually think her main reason to dying her hair is opposite to what she consciously believes. I think the main reason why she and hundreds of thousands of other women dye their hair is the exact opposite to getting noticed: it’s to fit in.
She so desperately wants to fit in with what society has told her is noticeable that she ended up becoming a part of a uniformed looking herd thus creating the exact opposite of what she desires. What I also think is that on an unconscious level, she does this because she actually wants to be UNNOTICED.
Think about it this way. In the jungle, if an animal is different, it gets outcast at birth and left to die on its own. The only chance this animal has to survival is if it looks like the rest of the pack. Unfortunately, human societies can very much be jungle like.
Meet a Goth
If the human jungle says blonde is the now noticeable norm, we all sleep walk to hair salons and get our hair dyed blonde so we can fit in with the rest of the pack. We don’t do this to get noticed. We unconsciously do this to look like everyone else.
Goths rebel against societal norms and pride themselves of being nonconformists. However indirectly they are conforming to the subculture of nonconformists. In other words, by nonconforming, they create a subcultural group of nonconformists with its members conforming to the culture of a nonconformist group… phew!
(Side Note: If you’ve never met a Goth make the effort to go out of your way and meet one. If you’re in London go to Camden tow, you might find a goth or two : ). Some of them are incredible people. A Goth friend had taught me some valuable lessons in life… especially about not judging others by appearance)
Elephants and Peacocks
That’s not to say that conforming or being part of the pack is a bad thing. On the contrary, it’s mostly a very good thing. It gives us a sense of belonging, safety and sometimes direction. It’s a human need that’s wired in us.
That’s why you don’t see young men leaving everything behind and going to live alone in the jungle like teenage elephants do. And even if they do, which is very unlikely, like teenage elephants at one point in time they will return to their pack when they mature. And those who don’t… well… they die, unheard of.
Still, at the same time, like peacocks we like standing out and being unique, because that too is a need wired in us.
So Now What?!
If we’re wired to be part of a pack but are also wired to want to stand out at the same time, what are we supposed to do?
That very much depends on what you want and why you want it. Because that dictates how much precedence you can give looking unique over other things.
If for example you want to become a great leader, loved and followed by your people, know that the best and most inspirational leaders of the world who their followers had literally sacrificed their lives for them looked as normal as everyone else. And with that normalcy came great humbleness that elevated them in the hearts and minds of their followers.
If on the other hand you want to look different and unique just for the sake of it, or for whatever reason, you can do that too.
I’m going to tell you exactly how you do it in the next post. But be warned there are consequences. You probably won’t like it, but I’ll tell you anyway. So if you truly want to look unique, stay tuned for my next post.
Until next time,
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