Individual Freedom vs Humanity


I am free to think, and do, and feel what i will ... er, at least within the confines of my habits which i can even change.  I am an individual.  Yet what i say and do and feel contributes to what humanity is.  [... and humanity is vast and my concerns are petty in relation .... develop the relationship of self to society ...]

That individuals are free within their partially self constructed boxes is a dominant feature of all of humanity.  To think that as humanity grows and progresses it necessarily must restrain its best feature, the freedom of the individuals, is just a horror story written for the SciFi Channel.   There is no such necessity! 

Oh sure it happens ... dictators emerge and restrain their population ... bureaucracies regulate and suppress innovation ... individual initiative is suppressed for the "greater purpose" of a project.  But those are strictly local eddies ... the thrust of humanity is and has been towards greater and greater freedom for each individual ... at least if they  have the courage to seize it.

It should not come an any surprise that I as an individual get to choose and construct my own relationship to humanity.  That is part of my freedom.  I create the relationship ... or at least my end of it. 

Said differently: i create the relationship: me to us ... or I to we.  Thing is, everyone does this peculiar relationship differently ... and i revel in that.  It's like painting a picture or writing a screen play.  I think it sucks when somebody thinks they should write that story for me ... no thanks, ma ... i get to do it myself .

There of course is a different relationship: me to them ... where the "them" are not in my network.  There are, people in the world who do stuff which is just not human ... sorry, i cannot form a we-us relationship with them.   For the most part i can just ignore them. 

Tags

  1. freedom
  2. indivudual vs society
  3. no borg
  4. humanity

Comments


Seth says
the assumption that the collective we must take freedom away from an individual ... is just that, an assumption ... notwithstanding that it seems historically it has always happened that way.  

The trick will be to find a way ... an attitude ... whereby increasing our individual freedom ... will also strengthen a group of us.  Me thinks that is the human thing to do. 

Mark de LA says
I call that relationship THE GOLDEN RULE. 

Seth says
each religion prescribes some relationship between the individual and their group.
source: Here is an example from Islam's Haj ... thanks to Mostafa for sharing

"Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here I am. Here I am at Thy service and Thou hast no partners. Thine alone is All Praise and All Bounty, and Thine alone is The Sovereignty".

Me, I am just wondering , whether the pledge would be more honest and direct were it given to humanity rather than some abstraction called "Lord". 


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