Feelings of disgust fill me when I observe the identity of an individual being crushed by the widespread need to fit in with society and be like everyone else. Differences in character, appearance, and emotion are created by unique pasts, and form the foundation for personal beliefs. When these differences are erased by society^s attempt to create similar beings, individualism is lost. I acquired these values from my personal intuition and taking advice from my mentors. Throughout my life, I have been blessed with a combination of two traits; I am observant and skeptical. Watching other people^s lives and hearing other people^s opinions has given me the impression that the human spirit has been confined to the impersonation of other people^s wisdom and virtue. I believe in the saying that imitation is the sheerest form of flattery, but I also believe that it henders the evolution of a person^s mind. To the best of my knowledge, this is what my intuition on the conformity of mankind is based upon. The other source that aided in the installment if individualism in me, is the various authors, poets, songwriters, and other people who I value as authority. Any sort of publication that celebrates the individual captures my attention and can range from the books and essays that we read in class to the graphic content in the music of Korn. Conformity really binds this world in a tourniquet. People feel that They can not express their true emotions without the fear of people looking down on them and brand them as being different. I think that it is best stated by this quote: ^The dissenter is every human being at whose moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.^ These are words that I can live by.