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Friday, June 26, 2009

"I set my own course through the ocean of life." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie


"I set my own course through the ocean of life."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Have you ever watched a school of fish? They move almost as one. Instantly, they all turn. It doesn't appear that the fish in front turn and then the others follow. Rather, the fish at the back of the school turn together with those in front as if the school were a single organism.

Often, groups of people behave like schools of fish. Beliefs, behaviors, and habits spring up almost organically. Some of these trends are short lived like the latest clothing fashion, while others persist for millennia, yet have no more fundamental significance than a school of fish turning left or right in unison.

Be alert and watchful to avoid basing your own life on the beliefs, behaviors, and habits of those around you, however familiar and expected those habits may be.

Further reading:
John F. Kennedy: Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth

Winston Churchill: You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds

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