The Individual versus The Masses

September 17, 2006 at 10:06 pm (Blogs, Culture, History, The Rest, The United States, The West)

Deogolwulf of The Joy of Curmudgeonry has an interesting and relevant post on humanity and individuality: “Humanity, Great and Otherwise”. His basic point is that we identify humanity not by the characteristics of the masses but those of the high achievers. When we see what the masses are like, we are shocked and horrified. Which is why if we want to promote a productive humanity, we need to promote a humanity made up of individuals rather than focusing on it as one mass. In any case, read what he has to say. Quite well put.

Comparing the success of individualistic societies (mainly in The West) to the failure of communitarian societies (in The Rest, so to speak) – which Deogolwulf does not do but which, I suppose, one automatically does when reading him – demonstrates that his arguments are quite justified. I would even go so far as to say that The Bill of Rights in The Constitution do much to support individualism, which is one reason why The United States have been successful and, as long as The Bill of Rights survives, will remain successful.

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1 Comment

  1. Deogolwulf said,

    Thanks for the link and the kind words!

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