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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 19 2012: The only problem with brilliant ideas as this, is that the only people capable of implementing changes to foster such a movement are those who cherish their own idea of individuality. The idea is there, but strategic planning is necessary if it will ever be possible. 'The common person' will not change their life to improve sustainability, world hunger, ozone depletion etc.--if they are not properly informed on the subject at hand!

    There needs to be a series of steps and milestones for our society to reach before pushing such a movement-- and it will only start with a more informed citizenry-- People shouldn't be told to put down the US weekly and read the WSJ, it should be second nature.

    If we as a society are going to take full use and advantage of resources and technology that are available, the people who control those means must use them to effectively inform-- to create a more intelligent people and ultimately encourage the use and emergence of entrepreneurial ventures that shape a new definition of how an individual acts and is informed in terms of his/her own and others cultural, social and economic position.

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