Divergent

Artistic expression is hampered by the definitions of others, the conventions of others, the expectations of others, and the fear of judgement, of disappointment, of censure, should these constraints be eluded or ignored.

Only the Divergent have the courage to rebel, to stand outside the law, to stand alone. Alone, their erudition, their dauntlessness, their candour, and their abnegation are unrestrained, unbounded by the identifications and the mores of those who must submit to belong, because association and attachment alone ensure their survival.

The most courageous act is to think for yourself – aloud – to disembroil yourself from the ravelled, choking maze of caution. You could be brilliant, but cowardice extinguishes brilliance. You could be truthful, but cowardice mutes the voice of truthfulness. You could be self-sacrificing, but cowardice refuses to act.

Endeavouring to explain who you are to people who believe they already know who you are is but a dissipation of resources. Their commitment is to misunderstanding, misinterpretation, misrepresentation. Yours should be to defiance, outspoken, enacted.

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