First, let us define “individualism.” Individualism is first, the habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant and second as social theory favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control.
It seems self-serving and selfish, however it has the inherent property of “personal responsibility” built within the concept. This is what makes, in my opinion, the ideals of individualism poses a superior perspective; over collectivism.
Unfortunately, “collectivism” has had a better public relations campaign than “individualism” as of late. Even children recount the Star Trek quote, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… or the one.”
It sounds so noble, just and fair. When, in practice, it seldom is.
Collectivism is usually very self serving, antagonistic and even parasitic. It brings to mind the story of the five wolves and three sheep voting on what they were going to eat for dinner.
Even in this last Presidential election, the common masses where being stirred-up by the knowledge that the tiny, densely populated metropolitan areas of our country were unable to dictate the outcome of the election because of their shear numbers?
You see. Our world is slipping into this misconception that groups have rights. No they don’t. Individuals have personal rights and property rights. Social groups are just individuals that share a temporary, or arbitrary, trait or ideal. These varied and different items individuals share may lend them to be members of an extraordinary number of differing groups… and to differing degrees. Therefore, it would be foolish to extend rights and privileges to groups.
The bottom line is that collectivism only serves to benefit those who need more efficiency to control, or influence, large numbers of individuals. These controlling entities disguise the voluntary collectivism of “promoting the interest and advancement” of those groups. They clump individuals by Races, Religions, Regions, Sexes (or sexual preferences), Occupations, Educational Levels, Economic Castes, etc.
There is also the promise that nothing you do, as a part of a group, is your responsibility. You were following orders. You have different rights and responsibilities because of your membership in the group. Your group is owed, so you are owed.
The bottom line, is that collectivism is the new slavery. If you renounce the group and accept your individuality… you have to take responsibility. If you leave the plantation, it can be scary. Who will take care of me? Where will I go? What if things go wrong?
My prayer is that all of us will be able to awake one day and be able to “look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:26-27) Trust in ourselves, and how we have been made. Not have to trust our group, or the government!