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[Essay Framework] “I am what I am, so take me as I am.”

 

Note: This is a mere outline to get you to start thinking about the topic. This is not a synopsis or a model essay. Just brainstorming. We’re eager to read your insightful essays! Please post them in the comments. 

 

You may start the essay with an anecdote, poem, or a riveting story that illustrates the topic clearly(If you’re writing a story -please try to write an original story that evokes the reader’s interest).

  • Mention how the given quote is attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and explain the contextin which it was said.
  • Define & elaborate upon your idea of the topic– what is the deeper meaning behind it? Explore different perspectives- there is no right or wrong dimension- let your imagination and creativity take over!
  • What is the main idea of the essay? Does it underscore the importance of embracing one’s individuality and not trying to change who they are?
  • What are the benefits of embracing one’s individuality?
    • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
    • can lead to more meaningful and authentic relationships
    • Ushers in creative expression and innovation
      • Eg: embracing individuality in art, music, literature, and other forms of creative expression can lead to new and unique ideas and perspectives. Provide examples of how individuality has led to breakthroughs in various fields.
    • Individuality plays a powerful role in leadership and decision-making.
      • Leads to more effective leadership and decision-making. Provide examples of leaders who have been successful because of their individuality and unique perspectives.
      • Individuality has a profound impact on personal growth, development, and self-discovery.
        • Provide examples of how individuals have grown and changed for the better because of their willingness to embrace their individuality.
      • What is the relationship between individuality and community? Outline how individuality can coexist with others and how it can foster social and community cohesion.
      • Is the concept of authenticity related to individuality? Discuss how embracing individuality can lead to living an authentic life, and how authenticity can be empowering and fulfilling.

 

  • What are the challenges of embracing one’s individuality?
    • facing discrimination or rejection. Can you think of examples of how individuals who have embraced their individuality overcame these challenges? Did the pros outweigh the cons?
    • Pressure to Conform/Fit in & live up to societal expectations: Discuss the societal pressure to conform to certain standards and expectations. Does it have negative mental health consequences? Provide examples of how this pressure can lead to individuals feeling like they have to hide/ change aspects of themselves in order to fit in.

 

  • Are there any negative consequences of embracing one’s individuality?
    • Does it lead to a lack of conformity and social cohesion?
    • Can it lead to a lack of respect for authority and tradition?
    • Is the idea of individuality a social construct? Are people’s understanding of themselves and the world shaped by the society they live in?

 

  • Ethical dimension: Apply your learnings from GS-4 wrt to this topic: theories and thinkers
  • Theories by philosophers and thinkers that relate to the theme of individuality and self-acceptance:
    • Jean-Paul Sartre’s concept of “existentialism” emphasizes the importance of individuals taking responsibility for creating their own meaning and purpose in life. Sartre believed that individuals have the freedom to shape their own lives and that they should not allow themselves to be constrained by societal expectations or the opinions of others.
    • Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of the “superman” or “Übermensch” emphasizes the importance of individuals striving to be the best version of themselves. Nietzsche believed that individuals should strive to transcend their limitations and become the most powerful, self-actualized version of themselves possible.
    • Carl Jung’s concept of “individuation” emphasizes the importance of individuals embracing their individuality and becoming their true selves. Jung believed that individuals have a unique potential for self-discovery and that they should strive to fulfill this potential in order to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.
    • Abraham Maslow’s concept of self-actualization emphasizes the importance of individuals reaching their full potential and fulfilling their innate needs. Maslow believed that self-actualization is the ultimate goal of human existence and that individuals should strive to reach this goal through personal growth and self-discovery.
  • Explore various dimensions in the succeeding paragraphs: History/Politics/Personalities, Cultural domain, Environment, Education, Health, Society, Infrastructure/Business, Good governance, and best practices, International Relations, Technology, etc.

Please let your creativity flow and explore other dimensions.

 

  • QUOTES:
    • “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
    • “No one can escape from their individuality.”- Arthur Schopenhauer
    • “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • “The greatest gift you can give someone is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me.'” – Jim Rohn
    • “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi
    • “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” – Walt Disney

 

  • CONCLUSION:
    • Conclude with a balanced view on the topic of embracing individuality and accepting oneself for who they are and acknowledge both the benefits and the challenges. Recognize that individuality is not a one size fits all concept and that people’s experiences and understanding of individuality can be different depending on the social context and personal circumstances. One must find the balance between embracing individuality and being a responsible and respectful member of society. End with a call to action, encouraging all to embrace their individuality and not be afraid to be themselves.