Conformity and Non-Conformity: A Fine Line between Peace and Chaos

Quote of AWESOMENESS: “The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.” ~ Robert Anthony

A conformist is a person that follows what is directed through laws or imposed beliefs. Nonconformists, on the other hand, questions rules, contest ideas and beliefs and even cave their own paths. There are times when conformity is needed, but there are also times when nonconformity is necessary.

Although conformity is sometimes seen as restrictive or as something that prohibits ones freedom of expression, it is also important. For example, when driving a vehicle, the use of conformity is needed. Conforming, like following the rules and regulations helps in ensuring and keeping the safety of the people. The importance of conformity is the increase in safety and decrease in accidents. Another contribution is the advantage in which people conform to a better example to improve oneself or spread an idea. An example for this would be the creation and spread of lawns. It began during the late Middle Ages in French and English aristocrats castles where the birth of nurturing the lawns happened. As time passed, since lawns was good as it helped in the air quality, worked as a pollution filter, reduced environmental heating, improved soil structure, and more, there were more conformists which helped in adding more lawns. However, conformity also has its downside. If everyone conformed to every rule then the world would never change and it would also lack diversity. Imagine a world where everyone conformed to what society gave, this would look like everyone were to wear the same trend, like walking into school one day finding out that everyone was wearing the same denim jacket, the outcome to this would be a monotonous world. With conformity, it also sometimes brings pressure and stress as someone tries to “fit it” and be accepted by those around that person. An example would be in school when a student tries to conform with the intent to keep this ideal picture to most as the cool or smart student. This could be forcing a student into working harder which may lead to affecting their health. As Logan Feys writes, in his essay on The Sociology of Leopard Man, there is “constant pressure to surrender our individuality to the will of the majority” when one lives in society. Consider, for example, China. In China, circa 1979, the One-Child Policy was implemented, restricting citizens of China to only having one child per family. It created a disparity in the childbirth ratio yet no one tried stopping it. Another thing that would happen if everyone were to conform would be the risk of unjust and danger. An example of this would be in Germany. It was on September 1, 1939, this is when the government of Germany started putting these restrictions on the Jews giving them a strict curfew, prohibiting them from certain areas in Germany, reducing their food rations, and more. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the worst thing that happened during this time, the genocide of millions of Jews which were caused by the Nazi soldiers happened because the soldiers did nothing but “follow orders” and to conform to orders. Despite the fact that conformity brings harmony and safety, the exact opposite can happen too.

Nonconformity has proved to be beneficial during specific situations but other times it may be problematic. The civil rights movement is a great example of how nonconformity was used for a good reason. Martin Luther King Jr. knew that the segregation was unjust and needed to change which he did by nonconforming. As Feys has written, “it takes a strong will” which exactly who Dr. King was. It is sometimes a necessity to be a nonconformist to do the right thing or change something else that isn’t good. With nonconformity, the world has also been able to advance forward. Elon Musk is a nonconformist as he veered away from all the typical gas-powered vehicles which were being made and instead manufactured electric cars. Another nonconformist would be Charles Babbage as he created the first computer and Leonardo Da Vinci who defied normality and has been known as one of the most inventive and creative beings to exist. Nonconformity, however, isn’t always good just like the failure to comply with certain rules that are implemented for safety reasons. Going back to the driving example, the use of nonconformity wouldn’t be the best thing to do as the danger it upholds is high. Nonconformists may also disrupt the harmony in society as rule breakers form.

Although they are opposites from each other, if both are used properly then a balance of good can be created for the world. George Orwell has written, “we shall meet in the place where there is no darkness” which describes what the world would be if the equilibrium between conformity and nonconformity formed. Because of nonconformists, the world has been able to see past the rules, that have been places not for the good but for the greed of power, and change for the better. Nonconformists, just like Martin King Jr., have even risked their lives and bravely stood up for what was right. It is because of conformists that the world has also been able to advance because without conformist, then the ideas which have been put out by nonconformists wouldn’t have been able to survive long without the help of conformists. Conforming to an extent is needed in order to make the world a safe and harmonious place. In the end, with how conformity and nonconformity are used would determine whether or not the intent would be for something good or bad.

L.O.A.S.H’s Guide to (nearly) Everything: How to Google Keep

What is Google Keep? 

You may wonder what this Google Keep is but today you shall find out. It’s an app and site that enables you to store anything from notes, lists, audio, videos, and videos. And, that’s not all, with google keep you have the choice to collaborate with other people! It’s simply a note – taking the device which was programmed and developed by google to help you to remember and share anything that you need to. Your google keep is connected with your email which means it’s in the cloud which helps you to access it anywhere.

What can you do on Google Keep?

Just as I’ve mentioned above, you can keep all your notes, lists, links and other things that you’ve just so happened to remember one day that you won’t want to forget. Also, what makes this different from other simple notes or a piece of paper, is that you can make you remember what you want when you want. You can set a date and time to what suits you most. So, if you want to remember something, it doesn’t just stay in your bag just to make you forget again!

You can also collaborate with others if you want to share what you know!

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What devices is it compatible with?

Honestly, most devices are compatible with this. The devices that I’ve come across that allow the download is: Sony, Apple, Mac, Windows and much more. But, with a different device comes a different action. An example, when you use google keep with your phone, it allows you to access the notes that you’ve saved and the notes that have been collaborated with you the last time you were connected to the internet. On the other hand, if you download Notes of Google Keep on your computer, it does not allow you to access your notes without internet. So, personally, I enjoy using the phone version rather when it’s on my computer.

What other features does it have?

Other features? Hmmmm….

Oh ya! You can personalize you google keep to what color for each note that pleases you and the way you want you it to be formatted. Also, for each note that you make there will be small icons at the bottom for you to change.

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Let’s learn more about these icons…..

The first button, the hand with the finger that looks like it just turned Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 12.22.46.png, is the remind Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 12.23.46.pngme button. Once you click on this, a drop down box will fall exposing a few choice. You can set the date that you want it to remind you of something as long as the place! I found this feature to be extra helpful as I tend to have a lot of tasks to do and this helps me to fit them all together neatly while finishing multiple things!


The second button, the addition sign on top of a person’s shoulder Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 12.28.13.png, is the collaborator. The COLLABORATOR. Sounds serious, right? Hahaha. Anyways, once you click on this, you just have to enter the email of the person you would like to share the piece of information and *KABOOM* it will instantly share it with the other person. This can be classified as one of my favorite icons as it’s proven itself to be of great helpfulness. It has reached the maximum helpfulness bar. With our projects that we have to do, like writing a program together or finishing an essay, any two or more collaborators can help each other and edit and teach through this. And, as a student, I found this to be extremely helpful when needing to share information or even contact somebody a secret morse code message (like a spy).

The next icon, simply a pallet Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.35.08.png, is simply used to change the colour of your note. And, if you take a quick glance at the second screen shot, you will notice that the colour is teal. You will have a range of colours (Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.07.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.13.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.21.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.28.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.42.png | Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.40.01.png) to make your dashboard to your liking! Usually, when I first open my Google Keep, I get more happy vibes when I bombard my dashboard and notes with colour. Try it some time!

After the “change colour” icon comes a small coloured box with a down arrow at the centre Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.42.28.png. This is the archive. It’s used mainly to hide the notes that you don’t want to see for awhile or you could also use the archive to lessen the notes on your dashboard. I use this icon when I’ve finished an assignment that has been given to me. This is very useful if you want to keep you dashboard neat.

Finally, the last icon! Well, it’s the three dot thingy Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 20.47.29.png. I’m pretty sure this means more or other options (I think). Anyways, this helps to customise your notes more by giving you the option to add checkboxes and plenty more! You might encounter this so just to warn you, there was a time I accidentally hit my mouse and it hit archive and I didn’t know where my note went. And, you know me, I write super important highly classified information that can’t go missing- Just kidding. But, that’s what happened my study note just vanished and I didn’t know google keep so well so I only found the note like a few days after. So before you freak out that your note goes somewhere try checking your archive, first!

The rest is for you to explore! I hope you have fun in this new found app. This has really helped me in putting my time together and having fun at the same time. I just hope that you enjoy the other features you will soon find out by looking around yourself. So have fun!!!

Yours truly,


Knowledge from Books; Knowledge from Experience

Knowledge of life and the world around expands as years come by. Some people are reading through their books about places, museums, objects, and others are seeing those places, museums, objects and experiencing, are they the same? No, they aren’t. People get different views when a book is placed in front of them and when they see the actual place or thing. 

Knowledge from a book can explain to a person how a place or thing looks like with words and pictures. It allows people to enter a realm where they see something through somebody else’s eyes. While knowledge through experience, on the other hand, lets people explore and feels something or someplace through their own view. Experiencing a place, for example, makes the person more enthusiastic and eager than reading. Therefore, reading and experiencing are completely different.

Another difference between these different ways of receiving knowledge is how you can be saved. Books can literally save your life. Some people write their biography and the history of other people. These books that are written, show what these people have been through and what has happened. For example, if a person wrote how someone kidnapped her because her attire was showing off her skin and tempted somebody, then you would know a lesson on what not to do. History from great heroes to a typical person can explain how their mistakes on losing their temper or being impatient can change and guide you. However, if you are going to experience that pain and fear one person has gone through, that would not be very pleasing.

Another reason about this two sorts of knowledge is the memorization of movement. An example is learning self – defense. When reading a book on self – defense, you read the skills and learn how your body should move. But how a book explains the movements can create such havoc, sometimes, to a person that they won’t understand. Nevertheless, when you actually do try displaying the moves out and practicing over and over again, this develops your muscle memory and helps with your motor learning skills.

To give an outline, beyond the similarities of how people get their knowledge, they have their very own unique way of teaching people. These two types of knowledge have their own cons and pros but they both share divergent yet superior information when read, used, showed or felt. Knowledge through books and knowledge through experience is not only different in how they teach but how it develops.