Submitted by Teo Sue Lin.
The movie House Bunny (set to be released in cinemas soon) is basically about a Playboy bunny kicked out of the Playboy Mansion, to find herself among a group of sorority girls about to lose their sorority house. To help them prevent this, the discarded Playboy bunny decides to teach them the ways of popularity and fame. In return , she learnt a characteristic in which everyone should have-individuality.
Individuality – what does it actually mean? Originality? Being different? What I can say for sure is that individuality is very much lacking in our society today even during the information age. We (well, most of us) have condemned ourselves into generic, stereotyped groups of people. For the rest, I take my hat off for you.
How would marketing or public opinion or psychological studies were to be conducted then, if we were all different??? Hang on a sec, having a sense of individuality does not affect us entirely. It isn’t about being special or extraordinary…it is about being able to be exactly who we are, no matter what the circumstances are, regardless of the people we are with…
Why do I say that we are losing our individuality? Society since back then had this problem. Many people were afraid to go against the ‘norm’ for fear of being shunned, even condemned from society. But things should be different now right? Times have changed, no? Sadly, we still play prey to the society and still remain as ‘a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage’ as described by William Shakespeare. We act how the society wants us to act, merely a puppet to the ‘norms’ and social values of the society.
We do not have individuality, so, are we considered normal then? Johnny Depp said, “You use your money to buy privacy because during most of your life you aren’t allowed to be normal.” Is being normal being exactly who you are? Or does being normal means being a person envisaged as ‘normal’ by the society? Like the movie, ‘House Bunny’, we should always bear in mind that it is individuality that makes us who we are. It is individuality that makes meeting new people and socializing so exciting. Individuality actually makes a person attractive (wink wink). And contrary to common belief, it is absolutely alright to be the person we really are.
At the end of the day, individuality is vital in achieving self-actualization. Self-actualizers are never held down by the ‘norms’ of the society. They are never the mere actors of the society that condemns people who are ready to stand up, stand out and most importantly, succeed. So, when asked to tell more about yourself and you say, “I am a normal, 21 years old student at….” Think again. Guess it’s not so bad being abnormal after all huh?