Always know that you have a choice. Not everyone in the world can say that but I hope you can. If you do, do not be pressured to go with the crowd. Your beliefs and values are what that defines you. However do take the time to be well informed on the said issues. Do your best to not let emotions and secondary sources be the only foundation for your decision making. Because in the end, you will have to live with it. So make certain of that. On the other end, the moment you conform your beliefs and values to suit others, you have essentially given yourself away. The rewards no matter how large will slowly eat you up inside. And that sure is not a way to live.