“morality is the herd instinct in the individual” Nietzsche
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Nietzsche
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led , like sheep to the slaughter” Washington
“I am not afraid of an army of lions let by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion” Alexander
Do not be one of the herd, the cattle or the sheep. Sheep and cattle are led and do not care where. Their food is handed to them and they never seek to escape into the next field or run free of their own will. They eat when fed, move when moved etc. Society herds us- TV dulls the mind and brainwashes the cattle into what they want to do, computer games occupy the time of the youth preventing them from discovering literature or becoming the new philosophers and leaders, mass marketing makes us crave goods in order to fit in with the rest of the herd- a high brow concept called fashion!
Defy the norm, rebel- be yourself. Shy away from the ‘crowd’ for they are the herd. You may find yourself without friends, other lonely soles may join you without ever being ‘with you’. Decide who you will be for yourself- not what you think you should be. If you want to be a forest ranger then do it, if you want to be a farmer- then lead the cattle whether it be sheep or people. If art is your thing, then ignore the critics. Be yourself. Be free. Learn and become something else- something ‘new’ to yourself.