Everyone wants to be free and not too many people would give up their freedom for the rights of other people. Nelson Mandela gave up 27 years of his life in order to gain rights for people all over South Africa. For this he is an outcast, there are not many people willing to do this. He was extremely passionate about ending racial segregation and even gained support after fighting for long enough. He stood out so much and was later elected president. Being different allowed him to have an even greater effect on the people of his country.
This verse holds a lot of meaning and is pretty relevant to anyone who isn't the same as everyone else. He talks about people being criticized just because they don't like the same thing as everyone. People will try to change you because your views are weird to them, hence Tyler saying "Always tryna turn our color into black and white". This isn't as literal as it seems by saying this he means there is no grey area. You can't be between two groups (an outcast) you must belong to one. If you're true to yourself though, you won't be changed or understood by them and this will be okay with you. Towards the end, Tyler exclaims the not only are outcasts talented; they're rad too. So in Tyler's eyes and my eyes, being an outcast is great.
The mid-nineteenth century was a time when having different views was critical. Especially if it had to do with race and segregation. Martin Luther King was bold when it came to sharing his opposing views. In this time, however, there were big consequences but he was willing to take the fall in order to stand up for what he believed in. He had to persuade people to believe his "incorrect" views but he did everything that he could to fight for them. People back then were afraid to go against the law even if it was the right thing. The bravery and good will set MLK apart from most people and because of this he lived on and still has a large impact on everyone. He stood out and he made things possible for people of all races. Being an outcast isn't all that bad, especially if you can influence the world for more than 40 years after you're gone.
Religion, although not meant to, is a large factor in discrimination. Religion , for a lot of people are the moral building blocks for life. So, if religion is not your thing or you don't like the practice or you just don't even bother with it; to a religious person you're lost. A popular thought process among religious people is "Well what do you believe in then?". For them there is no way to live if you don't believe in a higher power. For some reason this evokes hatred with those of who believe. Why is it that we dislike people who don't have strong religious beliefs? Something as small or as large as religion can prevent people from being accepted and make them an outcast. To me a life without having to follow scriptures or ridiculous commandments isn't a good way to live. Yous shouldn't need a book or a priest to tell you how to live your life, be a good person on your own.
This poem has a meaning that is straightforward and easily understood. When you're part of a group you are accepted by most of the people and always belong with them. You're not bashed for being different or being weird or made fun of because you don't belong. More often than not people who belong to a group are not true to themselves because of pressure and wanting to fit in. They try to be just like everyone else because they don't want to seem like they don't fit. When you're alone you aren't swayed to dress, think and talk like everyone else, and you're more inclined to be true to yourself rather than be loved for someone you're not. This is very true and it's evident in everyday life. People assume that if you don't belong with the more popular people you aren't a cool person, but they are wrong. Being who you truly are at all times makes you a cool person because no one should want to be just like everyone else.
This is an article, it stood out because the title relates directly to my theme. People of a different nature interest me a lot, while insiders are rather boring. Being an insider comes with many privileges, usually because if you're a part of a group you and your views are accepted. Being a part of a group just generally offers a sense of security because you know that no one will be against you. Is that really what life is about though? Is living in unison with everyone you're surrounded by really living? I think being different/an outcasts allows for a better quality of life. Living as an outcast lets you be more individual, more creative, and more independent.
Frank Ocean has always been a subject of my admiration. He has a beautiful voice, makes meaningful music and has music on the charts. That, however, doesn't make him any less of an outcast. This verse is about his struggles in high school and a particular argument that he was caught in. During the argument he was called a faggot. This is grounds to get defensive for anyone, but for Frank it was true. When he was growing up people weren't as accepting as they are now so living his life came with pain and teasing everyday. As he grew up he began making music, his music allowed him to translate all of his pain and suffering into something beautiful. The broken ones are outcasts, and the broken ones are beautiful; because of this Frank was able to bless the world with melodic tunes about his life which have become more meaningful than anything to me.
People in the Circle are technology oriented, this can make for a less fulfilling and distracting life. When you are constantly worried about text messages and the newest technology you will never have time for real friendships or even personal time . In the book, Mae couldn't even have a conversation without pulling up her phone to relate something to the conversation and she couldn't even make it through dinner without taking her phone out. Overall, a life untouched by technology is a more pure, genuine life. As humans we are meant to interact face to face, not behind screens. Mercer lived a life that was not plagued by the burdens of technology, he lived as an outcast because of this but in my opinion that's a better way to live your life.
This is one of my favorite videos/quotes ever. Bob Marley isn't your typical outcast, he was favored by many followers but compared to your average person with the standard mindset he was odd. He seemed to have lived a more calm life than anyone I've ever known or met. He appreciates peace and cooperation, by this video you can tell his life has a different standard than most people. The interview asks him "Are you a rich man?" "Do you have a lot of possessions?". When met with these questions, Bob Marley has a look of genuine confusion. In our day and age, being rich has to do with materialistic things and assets. For him, it's different. He's rich because of the way he lives his life, the peace that he's able to have for himself, and the good he can see in other people. Most people don't have this, so they wouldn't be rich in his eyes. So sometimes outcasts aren't the odd ones, they're the peaceful ones who have a deeper meaning for everything they come across.
In A Separate Peace, there are an array of characters. Each of them have characteristics that set them apart from the others. But not all of them are considered outcasts. Leper, however, is an outcast. Not an outcast in the traditional, loner way but an outcast in away that you're separated by a different way of life. Leper stayed to himself and loved nature and he seemed to have a calm nature. Compared to everyone else, Leper seems to live a more calm (better) life than others and he seems to be more in touch with himself. Solitude comes with peace and it takes a lot to be that kind of peaceful.