Comment: Individualists choose to be themselves

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Individualists choose to be themselves

I was thinking about your post today, and later, Samantha took me to see a movie, Ernest and Celestine. They are both such individualists!

Celestine is a mouse who is told to fear "the big bad bear." She doesn't listen to that - she just wants to be friends with Ernest. Celestine is supposed to be a dentist, but she rejects that because she doesn't want to be a dentist. Ernest was supposed to be a judge. His father, his grandfather were judges. But he wanted to be a musician, so that's what he became.

It is a lovely movie. They both chose to be themselves, and that, I think is what defines an individualist.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.