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I believe in myself: in my mind, in my skills, in the importance of the work I do, in what’s inside my heart, in my sense of right and wrong, and in my ability to cope with whatever life throws at me. Increasingly, I rely on myself, on my own wisdom and effort, not on the authority of others, their help, or government help. I find that I no longer envy or imitate others, or blindly conform to custom or societal convention. (Note: Individual choice and societal choice often conflict. While a motto for the self reliant is “If it is to be, it’s up to me,” if  non-conformists really want to change society, they must work with others.) I am dissatisfied with things as they are: the status quo.  Three factors-- 1) the degree of my dissatisfaction,  2) the amount of the perceived gap between how things should be and how they are, and 3) the extent to which I believe in the need for and/or rightness (in a social justice sense) of the change I'm working for--all determine the strength of  my commit- ment. (Note: Activities the dissatisfied pursue can include raising public awareness, political campaigning, lobbying, building social movements to reform the system from within, filing lawsuits, organizing strikes, boycotts, civil disobedience, violent revolutionary/terrorist tactics, etc.)

WV Theme #35A: Self Reliant Nonconformity 

WV Theme #35B: Working for Change

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

values Individualism (puts individual rights over those of society, family, etc) values social justice, Economic Progressivism
often takes do it yourself approach known to support social movements
often rejects what society dictates and conformity  known to be involved in political campaigns
values self sufficiency relates to environmentalism as a social movement

summary Wikipedia article: none

summary Wikipedia article: Activism

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2113 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3333
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 12 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 81

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #35A: Self Reliant Nonconformity 

Emerson's famous essay Self Reliance
Understanding Emerson's essay and links related to it
Self Reliance and Ralph Waldo Emerson (a Unitarian Universalist contribution)
Self Reliance and Creative Destruction, by Bryan Caplan (explores personal & economic individualism)
Are You a Non-Conformist? 
Theories About Conforming (numerous links)
The Relationship Between Non-Conformity and Self Actualization (questions relating to this)
"Nonconformity in Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self Reliance" by Shawn Brewer 
The Self Sufficiency and Self Reliance Homepage 
Modernity and Individual Responsibility, by M.M. Agrawal
How to be a Non-Conformist (about the1967 book)
"We’ve Forgotten the First Principles of Our Republic – Self-Reliance" (October 2011 post on Charleston Tea Party website)
Tommy Thompson Lectures Tea Party About Self Reliance (fall 2012 blog posting on Bold Progressives website critical of tea party)
"Opinion: What Tea Party Critics Don't Get" by Rabbi S. Boteach (and "dignity is the human aura that comes through self-reliance" Nov 12 2012 post) 
"Childhood Gender Non-conformity Linked to Higher Abuse Risk" (Feb 2012 report on Medical News Today site)
Amortality: Why It's No longer Necessary to Act Your Age by Catherine Mayer (Apr 25 2011 Time story)
Nudge, by R. Thaler & C. Sunstein (review of 2008 book about public policy and human tendency to conform)
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (where self reliant nonconformity gone wrong can lead--book review  in The New York Times  Mar 13 2005)
Individual vs. Society Themes in Literature: in Daisy Miller by James, and Old Woman Magoun by Freeman
Cultures in Conflict: Group Rights vs. Individual Rights, by Lyra Garzon
Conversations with History: A Dissenting Voice, with Christopher Hitchens  (2002 UCTV program)
Harlan Hubbard by Wendell Berry (biography of a self reliant non-conformist; read excerpts at Google Books)
The Teenage Pursuit of Individuality
Individuality by Robert G. Ingersoll
Co-Dependency Traps: Avoiding the Intoxication that Imprisons
Dependence and Conformity
quotes about self reliance
quotes about conformity and nonconformity

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #35B: Working for Change 

Social Justice  (from online encyclopedia )
Progressivism  (from online encyclopedia)
Civil Disobedience  (from online encyclopedia)
Revolution  (from online encyclopedia)
Rebellion (from online encyclopedia)
Reactionary (from online encyclopedia)
Terrorism (from online encyclopedia)
People Power (from online encyclopedia) 
Tikkun olam (Hebrew concept re: "repairing the world"--from online encyclopedia) 
Worldwatch Watch issue #41, posted 11/11/2014: Be Grateful: Ceramic Poppies are Blowing in the Wind
Worldview Watch issue #39, posted 7/20/2014 Catholic Women Priests: More Jesus, Less Hierarchy
Worldview Watch #30: Women's Rights, Hierarchical Rigidity, Egalitarian Progressivism
Worldview Watch #23: Regulating Society: We Know What's Best for You
Worldview Watch issue #21: 2011 Protests: Yes to Democracy, No to Greed
Worldview Watch issue #16: Democracy and Revolution in Africa 
Change.org ("the world's platform for change" -- the place to start an online petition)
Progressive Change Campaign Committee (left-leaning group--they "believe in fighting for bold progressive change") 
Transparency International (organization representing "the global coalition against corruption") 
The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church by John L. Allen  (review by Paul Vallely of 2015 book in Boston Globe)
The Impossible May Take a Little While by Paul Loeb (website for this book, revised in May, 2014)
Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken (website of book about "movement for social and environmental change")
Leadership Jihad, by Marc Sageman (review of 2008 book about what turns people into terrorists)
Holding Power Accountable -- The Common Cause website
Tools for Progressive Student and Youth Activists (campusactivism.org website)
Working for Change ("online journal of progressive news and opinion")
Change the World Kids ("teens making a difference through humanitarian and environmental initiatives")
The World in Action (Avaaz.org website)
"Business and Corruption: Robber Barons Beware" (fighting corruption in China, report from The Economist October 24 2015)
"Meet the Indian Women Trying to Take Down “Caste Apartheid” " (October 23 2015 article Yes! magazine online)

"Eradicating Disease"  (report on the battle vs. seven diseases incl. malaria, news leader piece from The Economist October 10 2015)

"Saudi Women Rise Up Quietly, Slide into the Driver's Seat" by Ben Hubbard (October 26 2013 NY Times story)
"Street Protests: The Weapon of Choice" (article from The Economist September 28 2013)
"Rural Activism: Working the System" (article from The Economist September 29 2012)
"Protestor's Message Pretty Simple and Clear: Enough is Enough" by D. Smith (Oct 5 2011 article on Common Dreams)
Rage, Rap and Revolution:Inside the Arab Youth Quake by Bobby Ghosh (Feb 17 2011 Time cover story)
"Fighting Back in Iran" by Robin Wright (article from Time, August 10, 2009)
"How Obama is Using the Science of Change," by Michael Grunwald  (article from Time, April 13, 2009)
"A Quiet Revolution Grows in the Muslim World, by Robin Wright" (article from Time, March 30, 2009)
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by C. Heath and D. Heath (more on this 2010 book)
A Primer on Class Struggle, by Michael Schwalbe (2011 article by North Carolina State University professor) 
What Social Science Can Tell Us About Social Change, by G. William Domhoff (UC Santa Cruz professor)
Radical Activist Network
The Giraffe Heroes Project
Stick Your Neck Out:A Street Smart Guide to Creating Change in Your Community & Beyond, by J. Graham (book excerpt)
Progressive Activism--Resources & Essays
Links to Progressive and Activist Sites 
Center for Community Change: Movement Vision Project
The Institute for the Study of Social Change (at UC Berkeley)
Environmental Activist Site Links
350.org (environmental activists battling climate change, working to limit CO2 in atmosphere to 350 ppm)
This Will Change Everything by John Brockman (about this 2009 book offering ideas from 150 thinkers)
Medical Reform Activism
The Activist's Handbook, by Randy Shaw (info on this book published by UC Press)

Community Organizing: People Power from the Grassroots by D. Beckwith, C. Lopez (online pamphlet)

Almost a Revolution by Shen Tong (free download of 1990 book, a story of a Chinese student leader's role in the Tiananmen Square uprising)
quotes related to dissent
quotes related to reform

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