A new year marks a time for people to make changes, consider the route they want to take, and even find themselves. It’s the perfect opportunity to carpe diem, seize the day. There are a lot of different resolutions and aphorisms people try to jam into the last 10 seconds before the clock signals the arrival of the new year, but the best way to start off 2012 is with a hint of positivity & a large dosage of truth.
It’s nice to have a large dosage of truth coming from a friend or a loved one, but sometimes it’s also nice to have that inspirational truth come from an influential & talented artist. Musicians, rappers, & other artists have the power to make a statement to the masses, so it’s nice to see that Napoleon Da Legend has released a new video that will truly speak to the masses.
Napoleon Da Legend’s new video is called “Young World” and it’s another dope Crazy Al Cayne directed video. In the video NDL gives a dosage of wisdom and solid truth that is a powerful message for the young generation & the individuals of the “young world” who often shy away from being original; lacking the sheer importance of being an individual. It’s a message that reminds the youth of this world to be free, be young, but most importantly be yourself. Conformity is not a beautiful trait, yet rather embracing a zest individuality is the way to go.
Check out the Crazy Al Cayne directed visuals below & be sure to show Napoleon Da Legend some love on his official Facebook fan page.
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Science and philosophical theories can be applied to a lot of areas in life, such as evolution (I don’t believe in it, but it should be taught,) but emotions and individuality shouldn’t be based of Darwinist principals. We shouldn’t have to put on a masquerade and practice the art of self-conformity in order to survive social affairs. The moment you begin to fade into the masses is that moment of life when the annals of history erode. Instead of striving to be an innovative breath of life, you begin to waste away into a sea of counterfeits.
When you begin to change your actions in order to achieve some type of societal acceptance, then you run the risk of losing yourself. It’s a message that be redundant, but it’s such a serious issue. For decades the idea of conformity has existed, which is one of the major reasons why Ralph Waldo Emerson believed in the individualism movement of the early 1800s. A majority of his famous quotes and lectures are based upon the principle that we as individuals have the right to enter society and further his/her own interests. When you begin to amend your interests in order to satisfy society, that is when you begin to lose that sense of individuality.
Never put on a masquerade in order to impress the masses. I believe that is one of the essential messages in life. I live my life as a freethinker, doing as I please and exploring knowledge in order to further my passion. I’ve come close to losing myself in the past, but as I became more confident in my personality and personal worth, I quickly found myself. I know it can be easy to lose yourself within the lack of acceptance, but don’t throw away the beauty of being an individual. The essence of innovative individuality is what makes our world so collectively diverse, its the threads that make the garment complete.
Lack of acceptance and lose of individuality, is one of those messages that Counting Crows captured well. In their 1993 song “Round Here” they touched on two concepts. The band said the song was mainly about a man leaving behind everyone and losing himself in the process, but it can also be interpreted as a lack of acceptance and struggling with the reality that you don’t fit into the guidelines surrounding you. But instead of trying to erase those intricate characteristics that make you beautiful, it’s best to go ahead and commit to being you.
Don’t lose yourself just because everyone around you is doing something different. It’s not worth the hassle to conform. Opt for being a freethinker, an individual who doesn’t worry about the perceptions of others. In the end, you’ll look back on your life and realized that you had a great life fueled by freedom, not a life guided by the fear of societal survival.
Counting Crows “Round Here”