I focus on the originality of the journey. Too many people walking up and down this sidewalk outside the park are trying to fit in. Too many people attempting to conform to a pattern of society that is not original, rather the pegged image is a horrific image of history replayed. Most everyone has the same haircut, same colors, and the same shoes. There is this mad dash of expectancy among the passing population to all attain to the equal level of performance. Focusing not only on the outward appearances do people attempt to slide into one mirror image of the other, resulting in some manufactured source of society, the internal as well is cookie cut into framework. Smells of cologne, perfume, and even down to the same hand lotion, people desperately try to fit an image of one who they passionately desire to reflect. Sad isn’t it.
Internally, our society is operating in the same mode of thought. The internal thoughts, emotions, and frustrations are emulated outwardly to exhibit what? A reflection of how to fit in with others on an emotional level. When members in a group tend to withdraw, isolate, and shudder away from expressing their heart cries, we see the trend make waves of popularity. A group of friends, all superficially enjoying the journey, inwardly struggle with pain, hurts, and grief. None to share their emotions, each one reflecting the other, and in a very short while, all shut down emotionally, without one knowing how the other “friend” truly feels.
This is when originality is thrown through the window of diversity and embraced by conformity of society. Its over. We might as well kiss goodbye the next generation of famous artists, photographers, and stage performers. We might as well kiss goodbye the future outspoken activist who is willing to take on the global stage. Its not the normal cycle of society, and for anyone who dares to push the limits, they are often rebuked, ridiculed, and smashed down into the grey trickle of conforming souls.
I choose, with all of my soul, to follow the One who made me. Not just for me, but in wild hopes that perhaps future generations of people will understand that its for something that we are different, labeled, and excluded by the traditionalist. Where does the fresh wind of diverse wisdom arrive? Into the hearts of those willing to take risks, to hold their heads high in the verbal accusations of those who oppose diversity. Across religious, social, or academic sectors, radical leaders shall become the shining light to set people free. I spent years being locked down by the conceived rush of pleasing the people around me.
What tragic years spent, wasted, while others suffered at the hands of the global mainstream. If we never learn to break away from the mainstream, we will suffer a horrifically misty grey dwindling away into darkness. Never wishing the worst for anyone, I must understand that a hope is rising out of the shadows of normalcy. I have to believe that there are others out there in this global community that strive to break the box of conformed existence in which they had been placed by their ancestors. I want to believe that it will be a movement, not to be similar, but to be different. In this moment, I believe we will find a freedom to become united in what is important, the flowing water faucets of love, hope, kindness, generosity, and above all, freedom. I remember what is stated in Galatians, “ that it is for freedom that we have been set free,”
So, having said that, if it is for freedom that we have been made free, why we would ever desire to conform to a realm of traditional and judgmental establishments. For it is One who makes us free and we shall be free indeed, and it has nothing to do with an establishment, location, or doctrine, rather it has to do with an operating manual that I refer to as the Bible. This, in itself, entails the life instructions of the journey that outweighs any traditional baggage and focuses on the real issues. Forget what they drilled into your brain during school hours, what does the One say that you are. Forget about the ones that judged you to damnation, who does the One say you are. This will be the freedom. In this moment, you shall find your place, talent, purpose, and direction.
Nothing about conforming shall be beneficial, except to experience a superficial sense of false hope and destination pleasures that will crash away with the next big wave of diversity.
Rather, to take this operating manual, read it, live by it, and serve the One who wrote it, there shall be the eternal sense of peace that goes beyond all understanding, and the incredible and supernatural reality of finding your spot. A sweet aroma of His Presence shall forever fill your heart and your home.
Daniel M. Klopp
Advocate 4 Marginalized individuals & communities globally
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