Unbridled Individualism & Texture (Thoreau)

UPDATE: I promised 200 quotes by Thoreau. Over the last week, it occurred to me ... that's a lot of quotes. Instead, I will explore Thoreau's influence in my life through a series of posts on different topics.                                                                             *** If you have followed my work than you know that I have explored the word "texture" outside of its traditional use (fabric, surfaces). The word texture is defined as "the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance". I use the word "texture" (abbreviated "txtr") to explore the degree to which a human being (or even a group, organization, company) embraces and expresses their individuality. I believe individuals have their own unique "texture" - a way of being in the world that is formed by genetics, influences, environment, and experiences. This "texture" can be expressed or suppressed. Individuals who express their individuality have a way of carrying themselves in the world that is unlike others. Those that suppress their individuality are more or less products of the cultural and societal currents of the day. Despite repeated references to the "rugged individualism" of American society, most people look and act like most other people. Most people conform. Except a few.

UPDATE: I promised 200 quotes by Thoreau. Over the last week, it occurred to me ... that's a lot of quotes. Instead, I will explore Thoreau's influence in my life through a series of posts on different topics.

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If you have followed my work than you know that I have explored the word "texture" outside of its traditional use (fabric, surfaces). The word texture is defined as "the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance". I use the word "texture" (abbreviated "txtr") to explore the degree to which a human being (or even a group, organization, company) embraces and expresses their individuality.

I believe individuals have their own unique "texture" - a way of being in the world that is formed by genetics, influences, environment, and experiences. This "texture" can be expressed or suppressed. Individuals who express their individuality have a way of carrying themselves in the world that is unlike others. Those that suppress their individuality are more or less products of the cultural and societal currents of the day.

Despite repeated references to the "rugged individualism" of American society, most people look and act like most other people. Most people conform.

Except a few.

Societal pressures encourage conformity and few can withstand this pressure. Those who are products of the day are often threatened when they come across those that don't quite fit their tribe - and are challenged by the perceived audacity of those who prefer to follow their own path (or listen to their own drummer). Those who do stay true to themselves, says Emerson (an influence on Thoreau), are the ones you'll remember. "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind. Absolve you to yourself and you should have the suffrage of the whole world". Some individuals change the game simply by expressing who they are. Grace Jones changed the game (read this) ... MM.LaFleur will change the game (women and fashion) ... Kanye West is changing the game (it's true) ... Ikire Jones (brand) is revolutionizing fashion and storytelling ... ... and David Bowie is on a whole different level.

Societal pressures encourage conformity and few can withstand this pressure. Those who are products of the day are often threatened when they come across those that don't quite fit their tribe - and are challenged by the perceived audacity of those who prefer to follow their own path (or listen to their own drummer).

Those who do stay true to themselves, says Emerson (an influence on Thoreau), are the ones you'll remember.

"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind. Absolve you to yourself and you should have the suffrage of the whole world".

Some individuals change the game simply by expressing who they are.

Grace Jones changed the game (read this) ... MM.LaFleur will change the game (women and fashion) ... Kanye West is changing the game (it's true) ... Ikire Jones (brand) is revolutionizing fashion and storytelling ...

... and David Bowie is on a whole different level.

In honoring Thoreau (and Emerson), and paying homage to his influence on my life and work, I wanted to call out individuals (and brands) that inspire me through their unbridled expression of individualism. As the saying goes .... "never play to the gallery".

In honoring Thoreau (and Emerson), and paying homage to his influence on my life and work, I wanted to call out individuals (and brands) that inspire me through their unbridled expression of individualism.

As the saying goes .... "never play to the gallery".

Ann Yoders