It seems to me that there are currently two tunes being sung, about being different. Of course, "different" can mean a lot of things. I think in this case, I'll define it as being, "slightly, partially, or completely of a different opinion/style/emotion/taste as a particular group of people." So basically- anyone who isn't a zombie clone of everyone else.
On one hand, there's the classical, "Everyone's different! You should embrace your individuality!" song. I've been hearing that one for almost my entire life, and it's become just part of who I am. It's not a shocking song by now.
The other thing that I've noticed a lot of people (mostly teenagers, to be honest) saying, is that it's not good to be different. Have you noticed? Most people who are different are picked on. Or left out. The people who're often the smartest, the ones who have the guts to disagree with the majority, are the ones who are shunned. My sister and I get that a little bit, over the stupidest things, such as habits of speech. Many of our friends use the term, "Awesome Sauce". I have actually interviewed a "friend" of mine, Abigail, about this term. She said, "We have decided that Awesome Sauce falls from the sky like manna!"
There are a few things wrong with this definition.
First- Manna didn't fall from the sky. The bread formed from the dew that was left on the ground in the desert. Check your sources.
Second- I looked it up in the dictionary (www.dictionary.reference.com ....is it bad that I have that memorized?), and there is in fact no entry for the words "awesome sauce" when used like that.
Third- I looked it up at the NET JARGON website... still... no awesome sauce.
Fourth- it still doesn't tell us what awesome sauce is, or what it's used for.
Therefore, my sister and I have come to the conclusion that "Awesome Sauce" must be a sad adaption of "Applesauce", and so we correct others as often as we deem necessary.
As such, we are often looked at as weirdos, and people laugh at us (not always in a nice way, either).
So, to get back onto the subject, is it better to be different, or better to be what the majority deems "normal"?
On one hand, we all love to be individual. There's countless books talking about how to personalize your space, your clothing, your... your life! And yet... and yet it doesn't always bring us happiness to be different, to be the odd one out, does it. And why are we sometimes discouraged to be different? Is it because people are scared of different people, and therefore want everyone to be just like them? Or is it because of trends- of one person becoming who they are, and starting a fashion that takes off. Soon everyone's acting like that one person, because all of a sudden it's "cool" to be one way. The next year "cool" will be "weird" and "weird" will be "awesomesauce."
but personally, I can't wait until someone says "Awesome Sauce!" And everyone looks at that person like they're an alien.
applesauce ain't that awesome.