Sunday, September 25, 2005

The United States emphasizing individualism very much

Note: This is an assignment from CES 403, WSU

The United States emphasizing individualism very much
I sighed. The World suffers with overemphasizing on individualism and probably will not change within decades. Individualism is a euphemism of being selfish sometimes. Everyone is free to ignore public goods unless the law disallows. Law becomes the last and only resort to restore the supply of public goods.

The damage incurred of over-individualism within the United States is unaccountable. Different race groups don't support among themselves, as shown in the Hurricane Katrina.

I don't mean individualism is an entirely bad thing. The advantage of individualism is that people are to be responsible themselves, but not other kin or related groups.

I always follow this doctrine: "People/groups will be treated the same way as the way they treat me", so that at least I tried to make things fair.

I am a collectivist by default. Once I detect an individualist group or person, I turned to an fake individualist while I negotiating the "public goods" with them at the same time. For example, "We need to clean the kitchen every month. It is a mess as you know."

Balance is often need to get stuff working, so do the balance of the idea of individualism and collectivism.

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