What is one issue that reflects the individualist versus collectivist outlook in your own times? How does it do this?
Collectivism in theory sounds nice and appealing. A people coming together – unifying – to build something. This is a surface level analysis. Collectivists real functions are far from this. The true nature of collectivism is force (via threats and violence). The reason for this is to seize control.
Once control is within reach, people are directed toward a certain plan/outcome/goal/result depending on who’s in control and their motives.
Most people view individualists as egotistical, selfish and inconsiderate. There are two things wrong with this thinking.
(1) There is nothing wrong with being selfish. The act of being selfish is to take care of oneself. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t hurt anyone being selfish. And as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, selfishness doesn’t make you inconsiderate nor egotistical.
(2) This view of individualist is completely untrue: being devoted to yourself makes it easier to help others. How do you expect yourself to take care of others if you can’t even take care of yourself? Take care of your own needs and then those of others.
No one person is the same as another. We may be similar, but there is no other you in the world just as well as there is no other me. There are so many of us on earth (billions). We’re all so different from one another and it makes us more difficult to control. As I mentioned above, a collectivist system wants to control those within it. Individualists make people harder to control.
Collectivist group others together to make it more difficult to individualize and create segregation between different peoples.
And this is exactly the one issue that reflects the individualist and collectivist outlook now days. Despite what many people may think, the government of the US today is a collectivist group. The US is viewed as a free country, and it relatively is compared to other countries. The reputation of the US allows the people to trust its government. People overlook certain aspects of the government because of this.
The media feeds the general public what they, and the government, want you to see. They are showing you one perspective. Here is an example: Donald Trump. Clarification: I’m not a Trump supporter, I’m just using him as an example.
All the tabloids about Trump – during his campaign in 2020, throughout the whole of his presidency, and even after – have been to make him out as a monster. They say he is rude, he is disrespectful, he is an awful person, he is the worst person alive, etc.
Has he been rude and disrespectful? Yes. Is he an awful person? Maybe. But what does him being rude or disrespectful have to do with him being president? Nothing.
Is he the worst person alive? Considering that the US didn’t end up like Russia or North Korea, I’d say there are a couple people ahead of him.
How many articles have you seen about the things Trump any of the things he did under presidency? Or rather the difference between what Trump did and the other presidents?
Trump put people in cages. Well, Obama did too. Don’t forget that. Trump started a war in Iran. Every president after WWII has declared war since: Truman, Obama, Reagan, Clinton and Trump. I hope we all know that Congress is only entity in the government that has the power to do to wage war.
If you’re going to condemn Trump, condemn them all. Hold the others accountable and don’t feign ignorance. Condemn your other beloved presidents’, you hypocrites. The hypocrites are the media by the way. I don’t want to insult the wrong people. lol.
There are people who don’t know this. I understand that. That’s the point I’m trying to make. The government and media work together to get you to see only what they want you to see. You’ll find out all the negative things they’ve done when it’s convenient for them.
You aren’t at fault for not knowing when you’ve grown up to believe a certain way your whole life. You are at fault for feigning ignorance if you see the true nature of the presidents and the welfare state.
Class: Western Civilization II – Lecture 165
Date Written: 5 – – 23
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