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Redefining Individuality

We all love our individuality. It is what shapes us as human beings and not some brainwashed robots, right? But how free and individual are we really? Can anybody, regardless of their situation, go to any local store and buy the food they need, rent an apartment that provides them with the human and sanitarian needs such as sleep, a shower to clean themselves and a place to cook their food or perhaps book a flight to India the next morning that would enrich their life personally and socially purely out of the enjoyment of visiting and exploring other cultures and places? No. You are only as free as your purchasing power. That means from the day you are born you are dependent on other people to take care of you and provide you with the necessities of life until you are old enough to attend school (assuming it is free), memorize the information that will hopefully grant you with a diploma and that would hopefully make you able to compete with many others to a job that will likely rob your personal freedom to express your individual desires to take on your own projects, just so you make enough money to survive. Is this truly individuality?

Now, what if we made a society where we utilized science and technology to intelligently manage and allocate our resources to meet the needs of all human beings on the planet by claiming all of Earths resources as the common heritage of all mankind. Where we collectively would utilize technology to free mankind (through automation of jobs and labor) in order for every human being to be able to reach their fullest potential personally, socially and culturally. That sounds like a society that cherishes the individual, right?


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  • Nov 9 2012: Such idea of society requires much more than science and technology to emerge . You may have the technology and a flawless plan to implement that,but the main factor that will determine its sucess or failure is the composition of the people that will live there . The culture* that the people needs to adopt,in order to fully enjoy its potencial of this society is largely different from the current culture,that is kinda like a "General and Soldier",where the Generals have unquestionable power over Soldiers and where ideas are adopted,without any kind of questioning . A third element of this culture is the praise to Consumerism,which is the consequence of our over-focus on individualism . Along with other (forgotten)elements,changing these three elements of culture is one of the few ways to make such society sucessful .

    *Culture here is used as a meaning for a education(formal and informal) that the individual received,that shapes how he/she interacts with the Environment around .

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