Transformity Vs Conformity

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What do these texts suggest about the conflict between pursuing a personal desire and choosing to conform? Support your idea(s) with reference to one or more of the texts presented and to your previous knowledge and/or experience.

Sacrifice Praise for Self Success From a young age, children are told to by their parents to “Be yourself” in all circumstances. They are told that if they stay true to themselves, then they will have true friends, they will be content, and they will be successful. This lesson is taught much, but seldom followed. Most people have the desire to follow their own path, but the motivation is lacking to sacrifice what is expected and therefore, many conform. The texts The Jackhammer Syndrome and The Orchid Thief address this idea, introducing the conflict that there is between conformity and personal fulfillment, suggesting that, to follow one’s own desires is the difficult path, but it is the path that leads to true prosperity. For someone to pursue their desires requires them to sacrifice self-consciousness of what other people think of the way they’re living their life. Living life in order to please others is an extreme waste of potential. In, The Orchid Thief, John Laroche sacrificed his chance to become a surgeon in order to live a more simple life and pursue his countless passions. Laroche was given the nicknames “Troublemaker” and “Crazy White Man”, and was often referred to as eccentric. Although often labelled in a negative way,

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