"I have often heard people "I have often heard people say things like “I don’t want to join a group—I am following my own path.” If you think for a moment, this makes no sense. You cannot follow your own path." This is true only in the most pedantic and useless manner possible. Of course people who say "I follow my own path" know and understand there is no obvious following involved (even though there can still be elements of following, because you don't disregard the field of meanings or your creative ability to manipulate meanings). Such kind of statements as "you cannot follow your own path" are useless and pretentious. You pretend to more wisdom than you really have. It's important to avoid pedantry and hair splitting and to always get into the main meat of the issue where the real concerns lie. If you do decide to make a pedantic point, make it clear by saying, "I am being a worthless pedant right now... but it's an itch I must scratch to feel good, so please forgive me when I say...."