I once asked a lady friend of mine about what she thought of the book “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” I said it was nutty. She nodded in agreement. I asked her if she had gotten to the part about the rabbits. She confirmed that she hadn’t. Then, she returned immediately to her reading. That conversation went nowhere, but it got me thinking.
The “rabbit” analogy used in Ken Kesey’s whale of a book serves a great purpose. Nurse Ratchet, the “villain” in the story so to speak, is the “wolf” and all the patients are like “rabbits.” The wolf has its place and the rabbits theirs.
In a way, as said in the book, the great majority of us are Rabbits , serving a servile purpose in the grand scheme of things. The “wolf” keeps us in check. I think of the metaphor “a well-oiled machine” in reference to a community. So, I began to wonder how these two thoughts could somehow be related.
In everyday life, like Rabbits, we must conform to a system. Otherwise, we are told that if we bounce out into the open field of Defiance, we’ll be eaten alive by the monstrous bloodthirsty Wolf of Conformity. It seems Kesey and I once thought along very similar lines.
While each of us is unique in many of our thoughts, others share thought patterns quite similar to our own. At first, ego can get in the way when trying to disprove this. But, it’s actually comforting to know there are those with minds that at times are actually in sync with our own.
If you’re sick of conformity, and know that there are better ways of doing things, just do them. Speaking up will often lead you to talking to brick walls. So, just do what you think needs to be done. Take action and you can change the norm!
~ Amelia <3