― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha
In rural America, during the 1800’s, life was simple. For example, every Sunday you would wake up, scrub the dirt off your knees and walk to church and have a holy day. There was no room for debate and no matter your personal beliefs; you did what was expected. Certain individuals, like Tom Sawyer, had the inner motivation to realize that he did not have to believe everything he was expected to believe.
One of my favorite aspects of Tom Sawyer, a character in the book Tom Sawyer, is his passion for breaking rules and doing what he loves. Tom is constantly stepping back and realizing that he does not have to agree with others just because they say it is the “right way” and if he does not agree, he can create his own way. In the story, Tom is punished and is given the task of whitewashing a fence. He Aunt Polly expects Tom to complete the work himself. Tom sees her reasoning, but sees other possibilities for approaching his task and he does not obey his Aunt. He uses his guile and trickery to convince others to do his handiwork for him. These occurrences happen numerous times, and Tom begins to see that other views and approaches work and are often better for him.
All you can ever do is approach things with an open mind. That strength alone will get you farther in life. Just remember, if you accept what others have to say without even thinking about it, your life will be challenging and incomplete.