posted on Jun, 23 2013 @ 07:42 AM
I guess I kinda perceive that such altruist thought and behavior has always been around, but more so in some areas and cultures than others, at
In my native land, America, the focus of value in our culture became very individualistic- the american dream was that any individual would have the
possibility and power to develop the life they wanted, based solely on their own merit and choices.
This was a contrast to the way Europe had evolved, where having material wealth, for example, was more dependant upon who your parents were (the
social class you were born into), than anything you did.
So in trying to create this dream, collectivism, community, group adhesion, was de-valued as something which was an obstacle to that individual power
I kinda think the individualist dream came to a climax in the 1970's,and after began an "unraveling"..... punk rock and "no future" expressed it
well. The problems of individualism at an extreme became clearer -narcissism, neglect of the young, elderly, weak or sick, individuals becoming
multinational corporations which end up limiting the possibilities for all other individuals, and suddenly, the possibilities began to depend more
upon who your parents were, and what social class you were born into! We reached a full circle.
My generation (X) we could see it, but had no hope for escape or change. All we could do was strive to survive and let the whole damned thing fall
apart. We were the chaotic stage.
Our children however, with the help of internet, seem to have more hope, they've had creative visions of possible futures and possibilities....
"Avatar" is of their generation... they've interacted with people all over the world, they've gotten a sense of humanity we all have in common and
how to network.
I think it is just a normal part of social evolution- the pendalum swings from side to another in time.
What I find interesting is that where I am now, (France) they have been on the other side- pulling out of socialist emphasis (which for non-Americans,
is NOT Communist ) and more to individualism,
They tend to worry that the internet is a factor of people losing their social conscience and becoming isolated !
While we talk of people coming together with this tool, they speak of an evil drug that keeps people from spending time in the village square each
evening socializing, and away from helping their neighbors in need.
I guess it is like any tool- all depends on how you use it. A hammer can be used to destroy things or to build them!