No two persons think alike. Do you agree? The fundamental differences in the way people think, behave, believe and act is decided by many factors like the environment in which they grow, personal likes and dislikes, inborn qualities and external influences like parents, siblings and peers.
Since time immemorial, there have been broadly two categories of people existing in the society, namely, those believing in God and religion and those against it. The latter group is referred to by terms like non-conformists or non-believers. Fatalists are a separate group that does not fall into these two categories.
Let us take a look at some of the distinct characteristics that are regarded as the hallmark of non-conformists.
• Basically, they believe in the principle of self-help is the best help. Instead of believing and relying on an unseen and unfelt force called God, they insist that man can achieve anything if there is a strong will to undergo any kind of trials and tribulations.
• They oppose the idea of idolism and blind worship and insist that man should get wiser by means of his experience and expertise. There is no need to worship any idol as man has eminent power hidden within him. In place of a building for worship, they prefer to build a hospital or a school.
• They follow the principle of logical thinking and are strongly opposed to any sort of superstitious beliefs. They claim that it’s all in the mind, whether to see the good or bad side of something. They seldom tolerate hero-worship calling it tyranny or injustice to the powers man is endowed with. All are equal according to them.
• Instead of sitting in one corner and praying, they prefer to be actively involved in social service activities like helping the poor and the needy and strive tirelessly towards finding amiable solutions to issues like war, hatred, violence and poverty.
• The focal point of their belief is that man is not inferior to some unseen power called God. There is no need to bow down to any so-called supreme being and owing to this belief they are never intimidated to question anyone, anywhere about anything they are compelled to conform to.
This concept of non-conformism and disbelief in God dates back to the ancient times when we look at the life history of personalities like Epicurus and Socrates. Some of these revolutionaries were even punished hard by the rulers.