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Why Is Individualism Important

What do you think is the role of individualism is in our society?

What do you think is the role of individualism is in our society?

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Individualism is a prime value in US society. In an individualistic society such as ours, the needs and wants of an individual take precedence over the needs of the group.

Positives to individualism include the freedom for a person to choose his or her own destiny. From early on, this has been valued in American life, at least for white males. For example, in his essay "Self-Reliance," Emerson admonished young men to follow the stirrings of their own hearts and consciences, rather than doing what their families might expect them to do to conform to social norms.

For Emerson, and earlier Americans,...

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We acquire the ability to be responsible individuals (and therefore enjoy liberty) only by living among others in communities often governed and organized by longstanding institutions. [When Alexis De Tocqueville diagnosed the ills of American democracy in his landmark work Democracy In America (1835, 1840), he noted that there were many "communal" remedies to the problem of individualism.]

What are these organizations (you are involved in lots of them, I suspect)? Are they healthy? What are the consequences for liberty?

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In the American society, the role of the individual has practically created the country and made it what it is today. The individual creates a capitalist society in which people risk to make great fortunes. Other individuality spurs development, creativity, and altruism.

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