I Want to Be That One
Have you ever noticed that when there is a group or herd of grazing animals, most are gathered together in one place or another, but there is always at least one animal who is solitary? This animal is usually found at the fence, sticking its head through the fence to graze from the other side?
I've always admired that solitary animal, the one who broke away from the pack. This animal dares to act differently, to seek what is just beyond its reach, to go beyond the artificial boundaries presented to it.
I don't know about you, but I want to live my life like that -- and do as often as possible. Groupthink has dangers, not the least of which, for me, is losing sight of the possibilities for the sake of conformity. To become so caught up in the rhetoric and dogma of any particular group of individuals seems to me to be akin to being led to slaughter -- the slaughter of individual thought and action.
Yes, as long as I have free will and a competent mind, I will be like that one animal, craning its neck through the fence to reach for the possibilities on the other side. What about you?
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