In the society in which I live, people are brought up in manner that makes them very socially conscious of their image. Whatever they do, they always have in the back of their mind 'what would people say/think'? They are taught to continuously see their own lives through the lens of other people. As a result, their social behaviour is pretty much determined by what is deemed acceptable; they are living externally. There are very few exceptions to this. The problem is that this social consciousness, once developed, is very hard to get rid of, because it becomes cemented in the personality, and when the free-thinking minds rebel against the dogmas and traditions of society, their minds are still in the grips of that social consciousness; they still subconsciously want the acceptance, the respect of the herd; they still subconsciously pay heed to what the people say about them. And this creates an internal conflict. They are convinced of their own validity, but they cannot tune their minds out of what other people say about them. They either become miserable, bitter social outcasts, or they effectively hide away their deviance from the society. Even when there is no direct economic or legal limitation binding these liberal souls, this social consciousness proves to be a big inhibition. True and genuine freedom will come not just from breaking free from the conservative ideals but also from the mental snare of social consciousness. Or one can by-pass it by surrounding oneself by like-minded people, by creating your own little world. Internet has made this easier, but it is still a luxury that not many can enjoy.