Individualism in collectivist communities

People in the collectivist community share the universal value of solidarity.

Workers who demand financial security in order to feed themselves and their families. Employers who raise the minimum wage.

 

My parents brought me up with individualist values. In a society where personal wealth is a reach to life fulfillment.

Though I became an independent thinker in the process, it seems to me that individualism has failed and that today western society is urging for collectivist ideals.

Individualism has failed because we have forgotten what our values are.

Conservatism strives toward upholding traditional family values because that’s what some think our society needs.

Human rights are losing against our first and foremost tribe: family. Those we can trust.

But get this: Solidarity is also formed in a small group of friends. A trust between friends urges the individualist selfs to be exposed. Hopefully, in good heart. Our world today needs our good hearts.

Mutual love can heal.

We have a problem.

Have we become completely crazy? Did our minds snap? Or is it that we are insecure about our own selfish position and, as a result, our hearts connect with those who are evil?

The most vulnerable self.

Stress.

Anxiety.

Medication.

For a sick nation.

Only a leader can help.

A father figure. A strong man.

Power.

Political power.

An individualist who believes in collectivist ideals that communities share. Universal values.

The Enlightenment. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The good in us.

To see the humanity in all of us.

To be there for a person when they fail. To be there when they need help. To make them stronger.

Safe those whom you love. Only in our own little world.

In the current state, some people fail for our society’s necessities. Our world and our mutual society have become larger as we are connected to each other’s personal lives.

Is it not one leader, but rather a common set of ideas what we should be looking for?

We have not become crazy. We have indeed forgotten how to practice our democratic methods.

Active citizenship.

That though we love our own little tribe, we are open, tolerant and we gain insights from people different from ourselves.

Individuals differ. Shared values, therefore, need to be constructed between those who are different. When there is trust, polarization makes the place for unity.

Solidarity is western society’s most needed universal value. It seems, however, that a government expansion on social rights is not forthcoming.

Trust in the financial markets has left us. Our politics suffer.

What if we move our financial markets to the development of active citizenship?

Make people have a say in the decision-making.

One individual who builds partnerships in the community can also build them within the corporations where one serves.

The private market has made countries richer. Liberalism has won the battle for development cooperation.

But since we, the people, now serve the private market shouldn’t our institutions become more democratic?

The solution.

New ideas, not a strong man, are needed to uphold our democratic system of governance. The appropriation of political rights within the private market. Individualist collectivism.

Corporations. Multinationals.

People in the collectivist community share the universal value of solidarity.

Workers who demand financial security in order to feed themselves and their families. Employers who raise the minimum wage.

Self-reliance is not enough. Through self-sacrifice, We, the people, can shape a more feasible future.

It is not about our own paycheck. It is about everyone’s.