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Live in the collective and forget who you are

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We are now told it's selfish and greedy to promote freedom for the individual. It's old-fashioned. It's passe. It's dangerous. It's nothing more than a ruse floated by the rich to hold down the poor.

Forget about the fact that the next Einstein or Tesla, growing up in what has become a collectivist society, could be slammed with Ritalin, Prozac, and even heavier drugs -- because they're "abnormal."

Some day, when America has been forgotten, an anthropologist will write a celebrated history of this country, and it'll be all about cultural trends and group customs, and no one will even remember there was such an idea as The Individual.

By that time, the population of what was once the United States will live in a theocracy dedicated to Mother Earth, and every day for half an hour, the people will kneel and pray, together, from coast to coast, for mercy from this Mother.

And the people will be happy doing it -- such as they understand happiness. They will glorify The Group. They will live under the great dome of the Flying Drones and they will rejoice in their solidarity.

They will willingly submit to all forms of surveillance, because it is in the interest of the Whole, the collective, the mass. After all, who would depart from the rules and sentiments of The Group? Only the outcasts. Only those bitter clingers who still believe they are unique individuals and have desires and power. Who needs them? Who wants them? They're primitive throwbacks. They're sick and they need treatment.

Be grateful you're living in the time of the great transition. If you look, you can see the changes taking place right in front of your own eyes. You can see The Individual fading out as a concept. You can see its replacement -- the group and its needs -- coming on strong. You can know where we're heading.

One day, you'll be able to tell your grandchildren there was once a time when there was a completely different conception of existence, and you'll be able to regale them with stories of the impossible. Stories of individuals.

Of course, they won't believe you. They won't be able to fathom what in the world you're talking about. But that doesn't matter. They'll listen in rapt wonder, just as we now admiringly contemplate tales of strange creatures and mountain gods of the ancient Greeks.

It'll be fun to look back on our time.

Don't worry. It doesn't matter. History is merely an anthropological catalog of trends, a series of customs. We pass from one epoch to another. What was true and important in one time becomes meaningless later.

Just "come together for the great healing." That's all you need to think about now. It'll all work out. And if it doesn't, you won't remember the failure anyway.

Coda: What's that? I can't hear you. Speak a little louder. Oh...I see. You're saying we the people are getting ripped off by our leaders and their secret controllers. Yes. Well, sure, that's true.

And yes...if we all came together perhaps we could throw off these controllers and assert our independence once again. Yes.

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Jon Rappoport has worked as a free-lance investigative reporter for over 30 years. He has written articles on politics, health, media, culture and art for LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, Village Voice, Nexus, CBS Healthwatch, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe.

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Sorry, no, Democracy is not all about the individual. Narcissism is all about the individual. Selfishness is all about the individual. I believe that creativity and innovation can be supported while still supporting the interests and needs and welfare of the collective. There's a big gradient between Ayn Rand pathological individualism and hive mind collectivism. There is a middle ground that allows for individualism within the context of rules that consider and protect the collective interests. The words go WE the people, not we the individuals...

Further, humans evolved over millions of years to function as a part of a collective hunter gather band where everyone considered everyone else in making decisions. This is what it is to be human. The pathological individuality like Ayn Rand has espoused, which Libertarians embrace, emerged just recently in human history after the emergence of the civilization which brought us slavery, hierarchy and the empowering of narcissists and psychopaths. I write about this extensively in my book, Bottom-up Revolution.

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'Rugged Individualism' was a sort of siren call in the mid-19th century, when there were still places called 'territories', not yet states, where there was still enough room/space/open country for anyone with the strength, the smarts, and a few tools, could carve out a life completely free of any interference, except the necessities of nature. And even then, there would still be the occasional intrusion of a stranger that could bring it all to ruin, or possibly, form an alliance-at-a-distance that might be relied upon. Those alliances turned into a vast, loose-knit network, we might say now, that even the most isolated found to be of increasing value as they aged.

Now - we need a different kind of network, and no, not entirely made up on the 'net', but formed in the same way - out of alliances of need - made up of those other individuals who can bring in ideas, skills and modes of thinking that no single one of us can possibly fully engage.

Diversity - the major strength of any such organism/organization as it evolves. Without it, no life can sustain itself. Even the simplest of single celled organisms must evolve to meet changes in its environment. And it has to be a sanctioned and supported diversity, understood, valued, and even celebrated for the depth and breadth of what it provides by its very nature.

This should help overcome what has become the most destructive driving force western culture has ever faced. That is, "Win at all cost!" "Win no matter the cost!" "Win at ANY cost!" This took deep root following WWII, and lead to the institution of 'perpetual war', the cost of which we continue to face.

We must re-learn to 'negotiate' for 'mutually beneficial results', in which nobody gets everything they want, but all get most of what they need, out of understanding the whole of the social dynamic, the differences of which arise more from differences in name, or definition, rather than kind.

This will take a lot of discussion, a lot of time, and even more patience. But we must do it. Our survival most likely depends on it.

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