We are taught to follow the rules, do not make waves, do not stand out, fit in and fear of not being "normal" seems to be the greatest tool to insure that we all are kept in line.
So the conundrum for me is that in almost every case, it is the people, the artists, the writers, the musicians, the politicians, the teachers, etc., etc. that move past their fear that break the molds of normal that we as a society most admire. Their ability to break the chains of rules and rise above is the common link that unites each of them...they did not let fear decide their fate.
"Funny the Way it is" Dave Matthews