Sisyphus was a Greek god, punished to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down. Repeating this action forever. This is no different than when we see school children standing at a bus stop or carrying a bag like Sisyphus. What drives them to carry this boulder? Everyday morning in cramped rickshaws, going toward the school aimlessly like Sisyphus. Sisyphus had a curse not only of pushing the boulder but doing it aimlessly. The boulder we push is usually of conformity. Conformity Is the root cause of most stress, our need for perfection and the basic source of not questioning. Conformity sometimes makes us do things which we know may be are not right or are not going to give us the results still we choose to perceive this aimless journey. An interesting experiment was done in the 50s by Solomon Asch, He took a group of 20 people out of which only one was a subject, who didn't knew about the experiment. The rest of the 19 were the people who had been instructed by Asch to give a false statement when the picture below was shown. When asked which of these lines were same, the whole group one by one, used to tell the wrong answer and in the pressure of this conformity the subject used to go with wrong answer even when it was obvious. Place of subject was shifted in various experiments, it was noted Overall, 75% of participants gave at least one incorrect answer out of the 12 critical trials, subject fell for conformity. Not only that, in one of the case Asch did put the subject at first, who obviously gave the right answer.But after the rest of the group gave the wrong answer as were told to. The subject was given another chance to change, 36% of the times subject changes his answer to a wrong one. Well, this boulder of conformity is heavier than you think. The pressure of conformity makes us do really funny stuff. This huge array of people who can't survive without tuition class, there is a tuition class for everything right from kindergarten to engineering. Mostly The statement “Is there an app for that” must be derived from “Is there a tuition class for that”. Parents usually ask what, what choice do we have? If they choose the boulder of conformity, they really don't have a choice. I remember meeting a parent who sent her child for hobby classes, even when the kid had no interest in it. Obviously the new conformity for parents is children being polished in all aspects. Sending children to tuitions or hobby classes or maybe even to school, without giving a thought, on what is the purpose of education must be thought upon. Keep the boulder aside and think about it.
Disclaimer: I'm not against tuition classes, hobbies or schools, but I'm definitely against following a thought without giving one.
The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.
Himali Kelvekar, Student of English literature with a minor in communication, media and Psychology at christ university, Bangalore with a on-ground work experience in content writing ,editing,designing and public relations.
Sahil Takshak A student of Delhi University. Writing is my first love. Passionate about fitness, travelling, human psychology, cooking, politics, music, movies and books.