Don't be afraid of being different; be afraid of being the same as everyone else.
Most people like to be the same as everyone else. They appear to be afraid of what others may think of them, so they take pains to not be different, to not be singled out. It takes someone with confidence and self-esteem to go their own way, without regard to what the majority think. These type people are the strong individuals; they are independent and think for themselves.
In our culture, many single these people out for not being like everyone else, for not blending in. Many look down on them because they are different. But the wise look at things a bit differently. Wise men and women know that you should be afraid of being the same as everyone else, not of being different.
Goethe has very little respect for the majority. About the majority, he said, "Nothing is more disagreeable than a majority; for it consists of a few powerful people in the lead, rogues who are adaptable, weak people who assimilate with the rest, and the crowd that trundles along behind without the slightest notion of what it's after."
That is not very good praise for the majority, but it is very accurate. Henrik Ibsen stated, "The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right." Don't try to be like everyone else. Think for yourself and be an individual!