Lifelong learning: Maintaining a sense of individuality

Dr. Suess said, “You have to be odd, to be No. 1.”

Remember Candid Camera?

One episode went like this:

Three members of the “Candid Camera” staff would enter an elevator after an unsuspecting “victim” had already entered.

The staff members did not speak when entering but instead, they all just turned to face the rear of the elevator. The poor person facing the front immediately noticed that these people were all facing the “wrong” way.

Instead of continuing to face the front where the elevator doors would open, or speaking up and ask what they were doing, he/she would “join the crowd” and “go with the flow” and turn to the rear. It’s a very funny clip, but it shows something very real. It shows conformity in a funny situation.