This seems to be the predominant subject this week (and perhaps this year?)
Individualism vs. Collectivism
I was involved in another thread where this is being discussed, (coming from a slightly different angle, but ending up in the same place).
There is individual integrity
, in which a person is "whole" because they walk their talk; they are honest about their values and ethics, and
they manifest them in act.... sometimes even contrary to the ethics, morals and preferences of those in their environment.
This is an oppressive force to cultural integrity
though- in which groups of peoples (a society, a nation, or group of nations- have a shared
set of ethics and morals that all members strive to follow in all act and behavior- even if contrary to their personal sense of moral and ethic,
thought and feeling as an individual.
As our world has become more connected, our markets expanded and merged, information and communicaion exploded to encompass the globe, I think it is
probably natural and expected that we are faced with this dillema-
do we choose individualism, individual integrity and freedom, a person being "true to oneself"?
or do we choose collectivism, cultural integrity, and solidarity; being true to the concern for all more than self?
Choose freedom, you have to accept conflict and war outside being common,
Choose solidarity, you have to accept internal conflict inside being common.
I continue to think and feel that a middle point of balance between the two would be ideal- personal integrity and freedom, within certain limits-
which is what this article attempts to express. I don't feel I NEED to insult anyone, I don't feel I am losing a right I especially hold dear
But the problem remains that cultures differ, and what is an insult to one is not to another, and vice versa, so the limits we could agree upon
globally would be hard to discern! In my own country, most people take it as insulting if you say to them that you disagree with them (no matter how
politely you do so, it is considered "mean" or cruel).
In some cultures it is an insult to pretend you agree when you don't- it means you think they are stupid, weak, or irrational.
So that is why I think a lot of religions and other sorts of ideologies will be putting in their proposals to become the new World ethic and moral
When Rome linked such a huge part of the world together, communication and exchange suddenly became enhanced, there was a similar period- where
religions battled to win minds and hearts, and potential messiahs and spiritual leaders preached on every corner. Jesus and Mohammad won that
I wonder what will be the outcome this time?
edit on 10-3-2013 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)