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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “individual”

"I will strive to be more of an individual and not just do what other people do but only if 400 other people will strive to be more of an individual, too, and not just do what other people do."

— Charlie Ravioli

Deadline to sign up by: 10th August 2005
123 people signed up, 277 more were needed

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  • I demand my right to be an individual and not just follow the herd.
  • I've always been afraid to assert my individuality: I'll be able to do it with a lot more confidence if I know 400 other people are doing the same thing.
    Thorn Davis, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I too want to stand up loud, in the middle of the crowd, and have my voice drowned out by my other plegees.
    Calum, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Being an individual is fine, but I need some 400 people with me.
    Nicolai Manique, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Ah ... irony.
    Cat W, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Hey, I'll be doing this anyway and if 399 people need a bit of a chivvy along then I'm going to sign up.

    What's wrong with being part of a group anyway? It's lonely on your own and a lot less fun.
    Angela, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I enjoy such little absurdities
    John Dawson, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Brian: You are all different!
    Crowd: Yes! We are all different!
    Individual (small voice): I'm not
    Monty Python's Life of Brian, 1979
    Cathi, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Remember that you're unique, just like everyone else.
    The Weasel Bearder, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • *laugh* Isn't it great irony? Signed up, though, I'm very interested to see what is believed to be individuality. ^-^ I'm sure a case can be made against any idea, though if this can be interpreted as "I'm not going to let my college/university professors say something dumb and not say anything." I'm in.
    Krista, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • BRIAN:
    Look. You've got it all wrong. You don't need to follow me. You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves. You're all individuals!

    Yes, we're all individuals!

    You're all different!

    Yes, we are all different!

    I'm not.

    .(taken from the movie "Life of Brian")
    Daniel, 16 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • If this pledge is successful, let's all get T-shirts that say we're going to be different! We could all wear them on the same day or something.
    Pablo, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'll pledge to be more of an individual and not follow the crowd just like everyone here.
    JoeKnows, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Hello, Tom here from PledgeBank. Just thought you should all know that personally I think this pledge is pretty silly, and not really what PledgeBank is about at all - for a much better example try

    But we don't delete things on a whim, so here it is.

    If you'd like to help PledgeBank become a better, more useful site, why not help us? email
  • I am an individual, and I have an ID card to prove it ;¬)
    Matt Palmer, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Does signing this pledge negate my right to remain an individual?
  • YeSSS wE aRe aLL INdIviDUALS
    'Monty Python-life of Brian'
    glyn, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Individuallity is pretty overated - see 'Century of the Self' and other very good sources for reference. I don't think there's many important things that ever happen in the world due to one person's actions.
    Samuel Sutton, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Mwahaha!

    I pretty much think I do my own thing anyway. I tend to think of myself as a cooperative individualist, as opposed to the competetive individualism promoted by the currently dominant authoritarian faction...

    ...individuality is more fun when mutually supportive.


    "Be excellent to each other. And party on dudes!"
  • I'm not going to sign this pledge, on the grounds I wouldn't be an individual if I did
    Wildheart Baby, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • hello individuals, what's the right way: follow the shoe (yes, it's a sandal) or the gourd?
    Hell, I'll follow the shoe.
    Join me in the Way Of The Shoe
    David Seefeld, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I did not sign the pledge as I'm actually agreeing with the government's proposal.

    ID cards will make life more convenient, perhaps even safer. I do trust the British and EU governments that data safeguards, checks and balances will be adequate.
    Armin, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • (Apologies for being off topic, I realise this should really be over at the "refuse" or "resist" pledges, but... well, life, eh?)

    Armin: Sorry to take you to task on this, but I just couldn't let that pass without comment...largely because I think there's good evidence for believing - again, sorry for bluntness - that you are mistaken about every single point you made there.

    a) "ID cards will make life more convenient". How will they? For anything that you need ID for today - right down to proving your age to buy alcohol, etc - appropriate ID is already readily available. Current ID is also, incidentally, invariably a great deal cheaper at present than the increasingly soaring figure quoted as payable by individual citizens for ID under the new scheme. OK, so in a few rare cases (depending on personal circumstances) some people might have to carry more than one piece of paper in their wallets at present - but this is pretty rare (for the types of things the ID card is expected to work for), and in any what? It's not exactly a hardship.

    b) "...perhaps even safer". You have *got* to be kidding! Independent (i.e. not Government and thus "on message") reviews of the scheme are pretty much in universal agreement that ID cards can't possibly make a difference to fighting terrorism or crime - terrorists will simply ignore the requirement entirely; criminals will simply (at best) turn to new types of crime, including more developed forms of identify theft.

    The cards are *pointless*, for anything at all except perhaps (in theory) for making the lives of civil servants a little easier - and again, in reality, probably not even that. This is a case of the Government needing to *appear* as if it's responding to terrorism and modern crime...whilst in reality merely chasing shadows and leaving the public to foot the enormous, unnecessary bill.

    c) "I do trust the British and EU governments that data safeguards, checks and balances will be adequate." Why do you? Their record is *appalling*! Quite apart from that, this is a complex public IT project...and the government has a nice track record of always screwing those up entirely (as well as drastically underestimating the costs involved). There is no reason whatsoever to think that this will be any different to their previous IT disasters - except of course that since the records will contain so much more personal information than ever before, the consequences of any problems or 'leaks' will be so much worse.

    Please, *please* don't just believe the New Labour spin on this. There is a lot of good, well researched information readily available out there, and you really do owe it to yourself to consider everything before making your decision.

    Many apologies for ranting at such length, particularly when this isn't really the place for it, but I just couldn't help myself...
    Nic Shakeshaft, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Don't Worry Just Woop! Woop!
  • I feel SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO original right now! How liberating that absolutely no one else is doing this!

    Go! Big! Irony!
  • I'm already doing it, and pretty much always have as long as I can remember (as most free-thinking intelligent people do, I reckon), but I'll sign up anyway.
    Jerome Pearce, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • If we're pledging to be more of an individual but 400 other people are doing it doesn't that make us LESS of an individual?
    Ashley Phillips, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I will sign up to this with a little addition as follows if I might: part of being an individual is being original in lots of what you do and say, e.g for the latter - avoiding cliches and automatic machine-like responses. I have for this reason,on my own will stopped saying /writing /texting /mailing the 2 letters short for "okay". Sorry if this is too trivial for the pledge site I promise not to suggest it as a pledge and really do something useful as well!
    Paul Carroll, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Not to worry! Armin wants to be a slave that's all - either that or such entity must work for a coporate terrorist....more than half of the top 100 economies are in fact corporations.

    Boycott your corporatised economy today - RESIST SLAVERY TODAY!
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Charlie Ravioli, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Paul Orrock
  • Ben Best
  • Thorn Davis
  • Calum
  • Helen
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  • Ashley Phillips
  • Karen M
  • Paul Carroll
  • 8 people who did not want to give their names, 1 of whom has done the pledge

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