Individualism is the habit or principle of being independent and self-reliant. but can lead to a self-centered feeling or conduct; egoism. As a social theory it has favored the freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control.
No man created himself and for the continuation of life true individualism never separates himself or his actions from the rest of humanity. Isolation may become a consequence of abused individualism as a philosophy or practice. Both actions and in action are the script of every individual and from the beginning God created the individual but also balanced that creation with the knowledge that it was not good that a man be alone and was given the command as an individual to dress and keep our natural environment.
There are those who will choose to imagine negative consequences of Individualism because they do not understand the hesitation of asking for help. The quest for independence and self reliance is to guard against the imposition of dependence upon others. During the stages of learning self-reliance some isolation of effort is important to create the confidence required to become a true member of society, adding to society, rather than simply becoming dependent upon society.
Mankind raised in a family is only isolated to gain his personal strength so that he may congregate with others in a way that strengthens society. The effort required to obtain a level of independence opens the individuals need for teamwork in society. This is magnified as men and women form an individual family.
Some imagine that individualism is selfish by its nature when in truth it is collectivism that gives rise to the selfish nature of man by its licensed dependence upon others.
Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology and social outlook that emphasizes the moral worth of the individual. Without the individual there can be no society. Individualists promote the exercise of the individual's goals and desires and to value independence and self-reliance.
Society is composed of individual and between them is only empty space but through Methodological Individualism the method becomes a value only when it is accepted or valued by the individual. Individuals without social virtues cannot form a free society and may by default desire to take the right to choose from other individuals.
If society does not advocate that interests of the individual should achieve precedence over the state or a social group then society destroys its very foundation. Societies as opposed to mankind form as individual units of social interaction that often form to oppose unwarranted external interference.
The right to choose is the ultimate separation of powers which is essential to maintain a free government. Centralization of power of choice leads to corruption whether that power is in the hands of a few or the majority.
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- Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
- Genesis 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
- Matthew 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
- Mark 10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;
- Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
- "Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for oneself the alternatives of Choice. Without the possibility of Choice, and the exercise of Choice, a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.” Archibald MacLeish