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The Myth of Individualism

If someone wants to use his innate gifts and education to pursue to acquire expensive antiques, that is his right.

But, he doesn’t have the right of exclusive access to healthcare, food,
and education.

These are essential to survival.

No one has the right to own the quality of another person’s future.

To use the power of the government to impose destitution by depriving people of basic services is more bestial than slavery.

I think that if you asked, most people would say no to a legal system that places property rights above human rights.

Imagine “nag ware” installed in your mind to remind you of the human condition and your role in changing it.

Imagine a pop-up screen that reminds you that none of us is immune to adversity.

The half-truth that drives the modern myth of ‘individualism” is correct for those people who have access to the resources we all need to learn and thrive.

If you are one of the lucky few who is resourceful and intelligent enough
to have acquired these skills in an isolated and marginalized environment then God is with you, but you are not the norm, and your exception should not become
my rule.

Individualism: “the right of the individual to freedom and self-realization”. Wikipedia

How, does one achieve the freedom to exercise this right?

How many people understand that “individuation” is an intellectual process that, until recently, was reserved for the upper class.

The first step toward true individuation is full literacy.

One aspect of literacy is the ability to understand the implications of ones
choices and their consequences for others.

Rob Goldstein (c) 2015

12 thoughts on “The Myth of Individualism

  1. I agree with this statement of yours, “the ability to understand the implications of ones choices and their consequences for others.” I personally add in, not only understanding your choices and consequences but also accepting the responsibility for those choices.

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    1. Yes…I completely agree that we are responsible for accepting responsibility for the choices we make, once we have those choices.

      There is accepting responsibility for the choices we make as individuals and accepting responsibility for the choices we make as individuals in concert with others.

      I think the emphasis on ‘individual’ responsibility allows individuals to avoid taking responsibility for the choices they makes as part of society.

      One can be completely upright in ones personal life and still make political choices that one knows will destroy the lives of other people.

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  2. “Imagine a pop-up screen that reminds you that none of us is immune to adversity.”
    not needed – soon enough all operating systems will subliminally display the messages your government wants you to receive. CPUs and monitors are fast enough now.
    It’s only a matter of time.

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    1. Microsoft is already greedily intruding on my privacy by installing data gathering software on my system that I can’t shut down. Many of the image processing programs I buy install nagware for new products; if I try to disable the nagware I disable the program. So private industry is already giving me greedy little pop up screens to remind me to buy things. If I had a choice I’d take the reminders to be compassionate over the nagging to “Buy Stuff You Don’t Need!” any day…

      Thank you for the comment Marcus…it’s a good one…

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