You are right. People close to us discourage us from breaking free. In India, parents would prefer their children to acquire the best degrees from the so called best institutions. But they mean well.Their children do not stand a chance of competing with their peers if they are allowed to pursue their passions be it art or social service. Collectivist societies like India prefer order and stability to risk-taking and experimentation.The youth are judged by their degrees and their salaries and not by their social work or artistic abilities.