Social psychologists have long been fascinated by people's proclivity to obey the rules and conform to the expectations of others. Half the stuff we learned in our high school psychology class seemed to be about conformity. The other half, of course, was about training dogs.

Even though there seems to be a lot of people conforming to the rules and systems imposed on them, there’s always millions who decide not to. Those are the interesting people, the ones we all admire for poking little holes into the dumb stuff that stifles us.

Quentin Tarantino, Chinese-American immigrants, Oklahomans - they all have one thing in common: they were faced with a dumb, unjustified set of rules and they busted, broke, cajoled, twisted and shouted their way through them as much as possible. Someone has to stick it to the Man, whether the Man is big or small, and these are the people that did. 

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