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Globally, experts are at war with understanding and deciphering ways in which the prism can be altered, cut short, so that the image produced can bear more comprehension to the earnest conformists. While the human mind is a web of intricacies, overlapping emotions and augmented realities, the closest people have gone to understanding the non-vandal, non-conformist mind is by deciphering the art that emerges from these minds of unusual depth.
Sermons by the local Calvinist militants Robert Bolton and Joseph Bentham, the moderate Puritan Edward Reynolds, and the Arminian conformist Peter Hausted are read alongside the spiritual diary of the Northampton steward Robert Woodford, the devotional confessions of the godly Elizabeth Isham, and the unpublished letters of the Laudian controversialist Robert Sibthorpe.
In particular, we focus on two types of social influence: conformist transmission (following the behavior of the majority in a relevant social group), and payoff-biased transmission (following the behavior of "high status"/"well-off' people).
At the office, youre the mean Boss wanting excellence (Achiever), but at home youre the henpecked husband (Conformist).
Once in London's Shoreditch neighborhood, Shakespeare would have passed churches whose reformist patrons sponsored preachers and weekly sermons, some deriding Shakespeare's profession, others aiming invective at conformist prelates.
In college, I joined a fraternity so I wouldn't be part of the campus herd, only to discover that frat-house boys were even more herd-mindedly conformist than collegians as a whole.
To obey in order not to be punished physically, and even to do as one is told in order to attain some of life's comforts or rewards, is only the beginning of the conformist's story.
What were your initial impressions of The Conformist?
Perhaps yesterday's rolling outlaw is now the popular hero of legions of out-of-work conformist citizens?
He traces the lawn's history from colonial days, when the Pilgrims transplanted turf from England, to its proliferation among post-World War II conformist suburbanites.
Conformist authors answered that those practices were aids to "edification," and that they developed over time out of particular social contexts and local practices--and so had validity.
The natural inclination of man is to seek freedom and happiness, and freedom necessarily threatens a rigid theocracy committed to a conformist doctrine.