Society Is The Real Enemy of the Individual
Society is bondage. Society everywhere has been in a conspiracy against the dignity and the manhood and womanhood of every single one of its citizens since its very inception. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the majority members have agreed that to secure the portion of their fruit to each member, to give up the freedom, the liberty, and the individuality of the eater of this fruit which is the share of each holder.
They require and enforce what is absolute conformity; the ultimate enemy of the individual and of the self. The true freedom of self-reliance is the aversation of this form; the true authenticity of the human being and the dignity of the individual and the rejection of societal and linear values in order to discover the true and authentic functional moral value system of the individual that lies at the core of the individuals own being.
Society requires that you fit into narrow parameters of behavioral norms in order to be respectable. Being true to your soul requires that you step outside these norms.
Nonconformity means authenticity, honesty, and being true to oneself.
Society benefits from collectivism, because humans by nature are social creatures and the fact that if we don’t work together we can’t progress efficiently as a nation or keep this government under control. If we don’t stand together we will be hung separately. There is also the need for individualism so that people can have pride in themselves and have control in their personal lives. There is a balance where we need both.
The conflict is born because we are trying to be collectivists in an individualist culture, or that we are trying to be be individualists in a collectivist culture.
But once you realize that the individual matters most, then everyone matters and collectivism becomes automatic and a natural result of the understanding that flows from realizing that EVERYONE matters.
Collectivism is born from individualism, but individualism cannot exist without collectivism.
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” - Jean-Paul Satre
“To evade the bondage of system and habit, of family maxims, class opinions, and, in some degree, of national prejudices; to accept tradition only as a means of information, and existing facts only as a lesson used in doing otherwise, and doing better; to seek the reason of things for one’s self, and in one’s self alone; to tend to results without being bound to means, and to aim at the substance through the form…” - Alexis de Tocqueville
“Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.” - Immanuel Kant
“The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation” ― Terence McKenna