While browsing a ‘competitor’, a passionate poster (Chris Buors) of my new WinnipegForums.ca had casually posted a response intimating that individuality was inherently superior to any kind of collectivism. I had to respond.
–link (posted by tigerman)
You cannot make bold statements like that without backing them up. How, in any way, is collectivism inferior to pure individualism? While on our own we can be quite talented, the greatest achievements of our species are created when we work collectively towards unifed goals. Look at the pyramids, the great wall of China, the transcontinental railroad, the internet, etc. These are all impressive productions of mankind that were only created through collective work.
Indivuality is great, don’t get me wrong. Personal liberty is something that we must all strive for. I think, however, that if we keep in mind the goals of our society as we make our own personal choices in life, we should be able to strengthen both at the same time. If that involves sacrifice in the now, then perhaps the series of connected events that occur from your actions will come back and help you out when you’re in need. You can call it Karma, but really it’s just waves and echos in a vast complex web of life.
Your Liberatarian philosophy is also only interested in the life of one individual. You believe the generations of children that follow us are irrelevant, the consequences of our lifestyle are their burden and not ours. If you lose sight of our struggle here on Earth as a species then you only become interested in your own personal comfort level. What if though the oil you consumed driving down to 7-11 meant the difference between survival and death to a forsaken future where every drop of energy was precious? Can you live with the future deaths of those people?
To follow the path of personal liberty at any price is to ignore the voices of our future, to lose the respect of our unborn grandchildren. I personally don’t want this generation of people to be despised 50 years down the road for our living our lifestyle the way we do. I would much rather reduce my consumption now and live happier knowing that it might mean more to someone else in a time when I’m no longer here.