America's fight for Independence as seen by the other side.
July 05, 2012
There were, of course, nonconformists before, but the term came into official usage after the Act of Uniformity in 1662 to refer to any English subject belonging to a non-Christian religion or non-Anglican church.
Then, it appeared everyone wanted to get into the act.
Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, Quakers and those less organized were considered nonconformists at the time.
Nonconformity later included practically anyone that refused to accept the norm.
As James Thurber asked, a few hundred years later, “Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?”
Group dynamic expert Juergen Amft breaks nonconformists and conformists into aggressive and non-aggressive animal groups, so you can identify them in your workplace.
Sheep are, naturally, the herd animal that becomes uneasy when separated from the herd, and don't mind if one of their members gets eaten once in a while, as long as it is not them.
(I would say they rejoice in it.)
The wolf is an aggressive conformist that hates any sort of weakness. (Are they projecting?) They like to hunt, and kill, even their own, in a pack—seldom individually.
Beavers are nonconformist and nonaggressive. They mainly stick to themselves, like to build dams, and probably don't give a damn about wolves, who they know prefer sheep.
Tigers are highly adaptable, solitary nonconformist aggressors that prefer to do their own thing and are always on the prowl for fresh meat.
Now just when I was smug about knowing who was what, and what they would do to whom, there is the anticonformist.
The distinction is that while nonconformists ignore what society dictates and strike out on their own, the anticonformist does things just for spite.
Maybe it's simpler to label them as two different nonconformists:
The ones that change the world and the ones that dye their hair green.
(Not that a green haired person can't change the world either.)
How does your conformist, nonconformist, anticonformist, resistant to label's mind say about all this?
Because I've run out of things.