Breaking the mold

Generic mall scene by victry1
Generic mall scene, a photo by victry1 on Flickr.

I called this a generic mall scene and tried to make it as anonymous as possible. I did that not only because these shoppers may not appreciate seeing themselves on the web, but across the country, life and lifestyles seem to have become very generic and anonymous. Used to be, different areas of the country featured different styles, stores and experience. Now, the malls all seem to have the same stores, kiosks, etc. Chain restaurants have sprung up along every byway. Conformity permeates housing developments, kids in school and what’s acceptable in your own neighborhood and/or social group. If someone looks, thinks or acts differently, the general response is rejection at the least. This certainly is representative of and breeds prejudice of all kinds.

Granted, this is not new, but it has become much more widespread than it used to be. Maybe we, ourselves, need to break the mold and dare to be different and reach out and include those who would not otherwise be readily welcomed. We do not have to agree with everything another person says or does, but each person is worthy of respect and acceptance. That’s where our society falls way short. If we practice this and teach our children, there would be no need for “tolerance”. which sounds kind of torturous and unequal anyway.

Well, I’m rambling and that is not my intent on a photo blog…….

Photo taken with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app and edited with Iris Photo Suite and Instagram.


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