How could anyone, it's the number one way to stick a finger up at any individual and tell them they're worthless compared to society, and they need to behave in a way to please others.
It's not that I encourage conformity, I just don't respect people who purposefully try to be different to gain more attention, or to claim that people don't understand them. Just be true to yourself, and if that doesn't conform to society, then so be it.
I just go with what I like and if that happens to conform with what others are liking at the moment then that's fine with me. If I did conform on everything, I'd be a Geordie Shore watching, get pissed every 3 days, Joey Essex look-a-like, like the majority of guys I see around where I live nowadays.
If everybody did this, perhaps society would collapse. I think a certain degree of collectivism (which implies conformity) is needed for a society to work.
I say what I like, even before neg was abolished
Of course I encourage conformity
I want as many people to conform to my view of life as possible
How else will the world suit me
I support most societal norms and I'll probably think your a try-hard ******** if you try to purposefully act non-conformist. However, like everything there are some dumb things and if you don't feel comfortable say them and don't conform. We might not agree what are the dumb things but hey that's life. I can't think of one social norm that I've thought "**** that ****".
Just look at the way you call people strong-willed for being non-conformist. I was a ****ing non-conformist at one point and I'm much more stronger willed now that I'm less of a whiny ***** who complains about society's rules when a) it takes more effort to be non-conformist (your raised to conform whether you like it or not so when people say "this is just who i am" 99% of the chance they're bull****ing) and b) no reason to be non-conformist for itself's sake.
I neither encourage nor discourage it BUT.
- It annoys me when people think that something bad is okay just because other people do it.
- I hate it when people do things (i.e. go to an event, or drink alcohol) JUST because "everyone else does it".
But there are some levels of conformity, like queuing, not killing people.. that actually do benefit society.
On the other hand, I also hate it when people WON'T do something to AVOID being like everyone else.
My best example is my partner, who LOVES playing on certain games on Facebook that are only available on iOS. Yet he got an android phone just because he didn't want to be "the same".. and now complains that he can't do the things he wants to.
If you get an iPhone just because everyone has one then that's sad, but NOT getting one for the same reason is just as sad in my opinion.
The people I respect most make decisions based on what's the best for their own personal situation, not because others either do or do not do/have the same thing.
I don't think that it's a question of encouraging either. Both exist.
There's also the fact that claiming non-conformity is conforming in itself. It's not that I think not conforming is invalid, or that I don't see the attraction in various Bohemian/avant-garde sub-cultures. Indeed, there are ways in which I don't conform myself. However, even those who believe that they are rebels, who think that they are standing against society's norms - from the anarchist with right-wing parents to the businessman who cheats on his wife - are following a rather hackneyed script themselves.