Everyone must be «somebody.»

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Everyone must be «somebody.»

The one thing one cannot be is *unclassified*. The person who is too eclectic in his choices and conduct, and does not fit into any of society’s pigeonholes, becomes the object of suspicion and hostility. By refusing to conform to a stereotype, he remains an individual.

Much as we may like individualism as an abstract idea, we tend to dislike individuals. This is because weare often baffled by them: we cannot understand their behaviour, and what is even worse, we cannot predict it. Frequently, such an individual is regarded as a threat to others.

— Thomas Szasz, «Ideology and Insanity», 1970