It is not surprising that as social creatures, human beings have an intrinsic need to fit in and belong. However, most people would be surprised to realize just how often they rely on various internalized role-models, whether professional, racial, gender, ethnic, or other, to steer and anchor the various experiences of their lives. In fact, some would argue that this social comparison is, in part, what gives life context, if not meaning.
But what if there was no prototype, no role-model and no guidelines to help guide one's experiences? While some may feel that this type of uncharted existence allows for a more natural, unanchored experience of life that is free from expectations, few would disagree that having a set of guidelines makes the inherent uncertainty of life much more manageable.