Chameleon

So many people use the phrases ” I keep it 100″ or “all I can be is me”,”What you see is what you get”. If that is true then why do people lie on the dating website about how they look or their job description? Why do they feel the need to add a few untruths to their resume when applying for a job? Why do people feel the need to volunteer a lie when you don’t have to? People lie to fit in and they lie to be accepted. Have society shaped people or conditioned them to believe that they won’t be accepted for being themselves? Did lying start at a young age and it just continued to grow from there. When our parents asked, “who did it” and we confess that it was someone else. Is it possible that it started there because we went unpunished?

I believe that Mark Twain said it best , “We are creatures of outside influences; as a rule we do not think only imitate.” The influence of mass media in our culture undermines any impulse toward independent thought. Movies also present us with distinct perspectives on life. Whether it’s another person’s lie or our own, we must constantly question the foundation of that truth.

Sometimes I wonder if a person is truly capable of actually being themselves or have time ,life made it nearly impossible. I guess some people feel like who they really is, is not good enough. How do a person get to know the real you,when all you give them is untruths? When things go wrong in a relationship someone always ask ”who is this person”? This is not the man/woman I fell in love with. I guess what I’m trying to say is,”try to be the best you that you can be.” Don’t try to adapt to society’s rules of who you should be.

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4 thoughts on “Chameleon

  1. Just yesterday after class I was talking with a friend about this exact topic. Where everyone says “I’m me”, and yet, they cover their faces in paint, they do what society considers “cool”, and they end up living a life far from who they were originally. I have seen far too many of my friends and even family members, who were at one point beautifully natural and very unique, turn into copies of what the world around them considers to be acceptable. A stark contrast to this can also be said to be a problem. That being, when people say “I am who I want to be” and work with everything they are to be what society would call “broken”; someone who no one wants to be around because they disregard social ques. The medium point, the point of neutrality, is being able to cooperate and coincide with the world and still continue to be someone set apart from the flow of “approved” look and behavior. You did quite well in explaining what I was at a slight loss of words over last evening. Also, that is a very good picture choice for the topic at hand.

    • Thank you Joseph! From what I read of your comment you did a Awesome job of saying how you felt! You did a great job of putting it into words. I also, enjoyed reading it from your point of view! I think the most important thing is for people to try to be themselves no matter what society say’s.

  2. “I believe that Mark Twain said it best: ‘We are creatures of outside influences; as a rule we do not think, only imitate.’ The influence of mass media in our culture undermines any impulse toward independent thought. Movies also present us with distinct perspectives on life. Whether it’s another person’s lie, or our own, we must constantly question the foundation of that truth.” This is so true and you successfully articulated a subject that is difficult and, in my experience, controversial. What we must remember however, is the fact that mass media does not always undermine our impulse for independent thought frequently it merely exacerbates our tendency to feel like we must appear perfect. You made the point that “people lie to fit in and they lie to be accepted” I think that one of the ways that media feeds this is that it provides us with a way to feel like we fit can fit in and be accepted not merely destroying our independent thought. We believe that if we can only look or act like a celebrity then we fit in to our society.

  3. I totally agree with this article too!! Dont let society choose who you can be in a plain natural world of nature! I believe that the mass media in this country has a lot of influence on how we perceive other views in reality. Reality is what it is and it gives us the thought of what we really want to achieve in life, like having a well paying job, a family, and our own wealth, if we are successful then we inherit lots of natural things that are important. but, i do agree with Mark Twain, That we are most definitely creatures on this earth and have lots of influences of choosing what we want to be when the time comes. We all choose and make the decisions!

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