I am all for this sort of individualism, the sort of individualism that drives some talented people to create, innovate, explore, and so on. If I have it right, that’s the so-called “rugged individualism” that Western societies were built with along with many breakthroughs and advancement within those societies. Aside from that, when people are forced to constantly work for the hive, which includes a great deal of many lazy, thieving, and parasitic people, they don’t work well, especially when such people are completely ungrateful and so stupid that they don’t even know who’s helping them, how they are being helped, or how they are even alive because of such forced assistance.
Gee, the latter sounds like the people I see everyday.
With that said, I am not for the sort of extreme individualism and obsession with so-called “freedom” we see pushed today; that people should be encouraged to do whatever they damn please, as long as it makes them feel good, and it’s perfectly fine to exploit and manipulate others so long as it’s “legal”.
I live in a very diverse area, one of the most diverse areas on this earth. I see how individuals behave and I see how collectives behave. Let’s just say that groups with both intelligence AND team work get ahead, while those who behave as strictly individuals or are left to sink or swim generally lag behind. I live amongst many Northern Asians, and grew up around many of them too. I think they are the most successful ethnic/racial group in New York City because they have the perfect combination of intelligence, discipline, and both individualism and collectivism. They are individualistic in the sense that they use their own individual talents. They start businesses and usually enter challenging fields in which brains are required, with high returns. They are collectivistic in the sense that they are aware that they are Asian, attend Asian churches, start Asian businesses, attend Asian recreational places, and that they are accountable to other Asians. In the summer time, one can see then in the parks playing with other Asians. Generally speaking, they are not distracted by typical, goofy, American diversions and they certainly don’t function as a bunch of atomized, individualistic, naive goofballs pursuing their own versions of happiness who think the world doesn’t function on group dynamics. They’re VERY family oriented as well.
There are other groups here who work in teams as well and they’re more concerned with security, success, and stability, than they are about personal happiness or diversions.
People who work in teams will beat those who work as individuals–ALWAYS!
That wraps up my take on my blend of my liking for some flavors of both individualism ad collectivism.
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Remember, Rand was a product of the former USSR, and a system that took successful and thriving farmers and sent them to die in Siberia. Millions of Ukrainians died as a direct result. Those successful people are the heroes of her books, in a way. [/quote]
Yeah, along with tens of millions of Italians, Poles, Russians, Croats, Serbs, Germans, and Balts, who were sent to Siberia and worked and starved to death, not to mention others who were machine gunned, put on show trials, tortured, hanged, imprisoned, or at best had otherwise had their lives made miserable and repressed. Funny how many people just gloss over this and fail to realize that if the left’s adherents ever got a stranglehold on America, they likely would do the same here, considering the left has always inspired the meanest of people. Look at the left over the past few years; they see no issues with using violence, aggression, and intimidation to get or try to get their ways. Ever see the Twitter posts of some leftists? Violent ideation and the wish for complete ruin of people’s lives seems common amongst them.
I can see it through that lens, especially with what we are experiencing and observing today. The left has ALWAYS made it their business to inspire people who are obsessed with feeling inferior, even when practically no one is seeking to oppress or actually is oppressing such people, but rather are just simply going about their own business.