13 Reasons Why INDIVIDUALISM triumphs Collectivism ! - Blogmantra


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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

13 Reasons Why INDIVIDUALISM triumphs Collectivism !

What is individualism? 

Have we ever thought ? Obviously yes, but not enough! Individuality(or self-hood) is the state or quality of being an individual; particularly of being a person separate from other persons and possessing his or her own needs or goals, rights and responsibilities. Do we want this kind of description, or a more realistic one?
Individualism over Collectivism
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  • "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment ".  

    As soon as we are born-our name, caste, creed, religion, family etc are decided by someone else, and we are bound to spend our entire life with this conflicting truth. So, it takes lots of effort to retain our individual identity.
    Here is an excerpt from the book, "The Fountainhead"-                                                                                                                                                         
    The mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective thought. An agreement reached by a group of people is only a compromise or an average drawn upon many individual thoughts. It is a secondary consequence. The primary act- the process of reason- must be performed by each man alone. We can divide a meal among many men. We cannot digest it in a collective stomach. No man can use his lungs to breathe for another man. No man can use his brain to think for another. All the functions of body and spirit are private. They cannot be shared or transferred.

  • Why fit in when you were born to standout!   

    We are all different, and we should respect the diversity among us. We must not confine ourself in a single packet. There is no such thing as good or bad when it comes to a person's dreams, aspirations, goals, way of doing any work or behaviour. Everybody has a different approach towards any task. So we must not try to fit in other's shoes.

  • "Insist on yourself ; never imitate." 
    In the act of imitating we tend to loose our uniqueness. So we should invest time and energy in improving ourself rather than copying others. It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it emulating others. Since childhood we have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the reasoning man is the person who goes against the current. So it's time to feel the pleasure of being independent.    

    Individualism over Collectivism
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  • Don't take refuge in the false superiority of consensus.   

     We must understand that it is not always necessary to get the consent of masses while doing a work. We must follow our own unique path. A single task can be done in multiple ways. So there is no such thing as one size fits all. Follow your own vision to broaden horizons.  
  •  It takes nothing to join the crowd, it takes everything to stand alone.     

    It is quite easy to follow the well trodden path, but it requires lots of courage to traverse the less travelled road. We die prematurely to the seductions of the society. We tend to carry heavy burden of others opinion over our shoulders. We bow down to society's norms and conditions. Enough of it, it's time to act smart and follow our dreams.                                                                                                     

  • Be a voice, not an echo.
    We can survive in two ways- either as a creator or as a parasite. The creator originates. The parasite borrows. The creator faces nature alone. The parasite faces nature through an intermediary. We need not sync with each and everyone for our work, we must act alone. The creator lives for his work. He needs no other men. His primary goal is within himself. The parasite lives second-hand. He needs others. Others become his prime motive.
    Therefore raise your own voice, don't be an echo.                                                                                    
    Standing out
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  • “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”  

    It is a popular opinion. If we want to be creative, we must follow our own steps. The basic need of  creative mind is independence. The independent person cannot work under any compulsion. The independent mind cannot be curbed, sacrificed, or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever, it demands total independence in function and in motive. So we should not fall prey to the majority's call for our own individuality.                                                                                                                                              
  • “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”  

    We have developed a habit to live our life for the sake of our parents, siblings, spouse, friends, etc and in the course of doing so we forget our own aspirations, dreams, hobbies and passion which results in creating a void inside us. Hence we should think for our own self, the prime focus should be to educate, empower and enlighten our own soul.
    It's always wise to think for yourself.                                                                                                                                       
    “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”                                                           
  • We should not allow others to curb our way of thinking, we are not here to please everyone. Be selective in picking people with whom you spent most of your time. Men learn from one another. But all learning is only the exchange of material. No man can give another the capacity to think. Yet that capacity is our only means of survival. So QUICK PICK the worthy people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
    Being different from the rest
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  • “Remember to always be yourself. ”    

    Maintain your originality. You are unique the way you are! Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered FOOLISH. The airplane was considered IMPOSSIBLE. Anesthesia was considered SINFUL. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won.                        
  • “I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”  
     Don't go with the flow. Don't try to fit yourself in an ideal situation always. Otherwise you will spent your entire life abiding by a set of rules. Men have been taught every precept that destroys the creator. Men have been taught dependence as a virtue.
    Act smart and be a CREATOR not a PARASITE.   
  • “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”                  
    Originality should be maintained. The world of COLLECTIVISM is a trap where you lose your individual identity. We are not born to agree with everyone, everywhere. But we have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. The creator is the one who disagrees. We have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone. So don't try to blindly copy others, make your own path to reach the destination.                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Standing out of the crowd
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  • Yet there are still people who confuse individualism and selfishness                                                          
    Since childhood we are taught that ego is the synonym of evil and selflessness the ideal of virtue. But we should be egotist in the absolute sense. The selfless man is the one who does not think, feel, judge, or act. Egotism was held to mean the sacrifice of others to self. Altruism- the sacrifice of self to others. The COLLECTIVISM tied the man irrevocably to other men and left him nothing but a choice of pain: his own pain borne for the sake of self.                

    Here is the book 'Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand, grab your copy today to know more about individualism:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

    Here is a video for all the readers. Do watch, have a good time. Enjoy!                   

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  1. Beautifully written. Even the Tetris teaches a simple life lesson. Whenever we try to fit in we'll disappear.

    1. Thanks a lot Brijraj for your kind words. Keep reading.Do let me know what you want to read in the coming days, I will try to write on it. Have a nice day!

  2. Alone is what I Have.Alone protects me.
    Funny ain'.
    Nice.Keep going.

    1. Thankuu so much Varun for your kind words.:)Ya,I will try my best.

  3. Nice articles thanks for sharing us.


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