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What are some positives and negatives to conformity? What are some positives and negatives to conformity?

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Conforming allows us to get along in the world and save our energy for life's more important battles. For example, we could spend our lives insisting we want to drive on the wrong side of the road or go up the down escalator. We can do both those things, because we have free will, but we will earn ourselves a good deal of grief in the process, especially if we drive on the wrong side of the road. We might ask ourselves, what is the point of not conforming to these rules, made to keep everyone safe and in order?

Asking this question, however, leads us to the negative side of conformity. Sometimes there is reason to question the rules that keep society in "order." Conformity to what hurts another group of people, for example, is unethical, even if it is legal or socially acceptable.  People who...

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neondime | Student

I don't know. What are the positives and negatives to thinking for yourself? What are the positives and negatives to generating original ideas for your own essays? What are the positives and negatives to paying attention in class? What are the positives and negatives to not waiting until the last minute to do your homework?

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There are some positives to conformity, but since it's an opinion others may not agree.  I am fine with schools going to some sort of mild dress code such as cachi (sp?) pants and solid color polo-like shirts.  This takes the focus on what kids are wearing which would lessen some teasing problems.  Kids that cannot afford clothes that are "in" at the moment often feel inferior.  Maybe group cliques would lessen too.

I also hope my kids don't "conform" later in life when "all the children are doing it" such as drugs and sex seems like the norm.

A negative aspect to conformity is that people aren't able to grow as much and show all that they're capable of.  When everyone is expected to be the "same" then often many lose a sense of themselves.