For the same reason why we living in a society we need
laws - we also must learn to assimilate w/ in society.
Assimilation allows for success.
Of course, there is such risk as over-assimilation and
then you have the 50's and need characters like the
Beats and Marlon Brando and Elvis to help rebel against
the norm to challenge certain status quos that have
become way too square and in the box and threaten
progression and diversity.
Yes, assimilating to have the right to be a diverse,
democratic society is what we Americans are all about -
(at least in theory).
America is supposed to be the land of the brave and the
land of the free - And by assimilation we come to
realize this. And the only rebellion we need against our
own authority is for positive change which only leads to
a better of quality of life.
Harping on someone and harassing them because they are
"acting too white" like the examples Paula has shown us
is unacceptable and unproductive for everyone involved.
This is not being a rebel but being ignorant and
blatantly stupid. Thugs are thugs and not cool rebels.
They degrade themselves and society and pull everyone
around them down to the gutter.
For instance, Jim Morrison was a rebel and a rebel for
good. An intellectual rebel like Jim is good for
progression - through teaching us to "break on through"
and question ourselves, question authority, question
reality and search for a better way within all these
areas - in which great poets are supposed to do for
However, these poets are assimilated enough to make a
difference to be effective - They live on the outside of
the inside and inside of the outside - and are different
enough without being too weird or lawless = They walk
that fine line.
Best of the Roses,
John French mystrawhat.com
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