The world of anime often point out many good life lessons and values that are worth noting. However, once in a blue moon, I come upon a statement that I disagree with.
Of course, it is good to remain who you are; retain the idiosyncrasies that make you unique. However, it is a fact that the world is constantly changing. If we live in the past, and are unable to adapt to the present situation, we might not be able to perform well in the society. A very simple example would be gold vs money. Gold was more useful and precious in the past, but it became increasingly irrelevant when money began to be globally acknowledged as the main form of currency. Even though gold was a treasure previously, its value has dropped since then. Thus, we need to adapt to the times, and not simply follow traditions and rules of the past.
Along with the world, ideologies change. We are human beings and all of us possess the ability to see the situation for ourselves and adapt accordingly to ensure a beneficial result. From one of my previous posts, Christianity & Homosexuality, I quote: “…maybe we should take, the words from a book written over 3000 years ago, with a pinch of salt.” Times have changed. Homosexuality may have had been a sin then, but does it still have to remain a sin now? Who are the ones who possess the ability to determine what is correct and wrong? Is it those who live 3000 years ago? NO! It is US! We have the choice to decide whether we want to accept certain things or not, instead of blindly roleplaying people from the past! WE CAN CHANGE IF WE WANT TO!
All in all, it is ideal for you to remain as you. But if your characteristics are inhibiting you from living happily in the current society, maybe it is time to slightly alter them. In life, we definitely have instances whereby it is required of us to step out of our comfort zones, and start to do things that we are uncomfortable with. But adaptation is after all, essential for survival. If human beings did not adapt, we would be extinct due to the significant change in temperature from centuries ago.
But if you feel that there is no need for that, then BY ALL MEANS, STAY WHO YOU ARE RIGHT NOW! You don’t have to fit with the crowd to survive; and you definitely don’t have to follow what is expected of society. People say you’re weird? PLEASE STAY WEIRD! I mean, after all, who would want a normal person when you can just find plenty of those down the street? But in the end, it is up to you who you want to be: a typical person or a unique individual~