The first time I read this statement by e.e. cummings it resonated with me. Not because I think of myself as a rebel that wants to do whatever she wants whenever she wants to (we’ve all seen disastrous examples of that lately haven’t we?) Instead what it means to me is that it is necessary to resist all the exterior forces that are bound and determined to make us into compliant and numb individuals. While I do believe we are all connected, I don’t believe we are all the same. To be honest, I think we are all here to express and experience our own unique nature. So yeah, this quote speaks to me and is something I need to read over and over again.
And in case you want more full inspiration, here’s more from his A Poet’s Advice To Students: