I believe it is necessary for every individual to grow and carve his own identity free from the influence society forces upon him. It is a necessity for every individual to release himself from the claws that hold back his progression and hinder his development, to release his potential and become that which he was originally intended to be. To have his own identity, his own thoughts, his own feelings, his own ideas, to be unashamed of what he believes in and to be proud of who he is. That's what it means to be an individual, and that is the ultimate reward one can have; to neglect all influence that tries to taint the personality and ascend and become that which is most holy: an independent individual.
Though I support that every individual should look to attain his utmost individuality, I do not however support that it should be done in shameful manners. One should have pride but also one should have humbleness. An individual who works hard for his own personal growth should have the