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  •  After having read an article (1+ / 0-)
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    online in a Japanese newspaper some years back, I got a new perspective on how subjective "individualism" is.

    According to the article, smoking is an expression of a person's individualism, while giving up smoking, deliberately eating healthy diets, taking on exercise programs, as so many Americans have done, are all signs of following the crowd, a lack if individualism on the part of Americans.

    "Collective", "mindless drones", whatever. It's just a way to label people you don't understand and can't be bothered with trying to.

    •  Very true. (0+ / 0-)

      It's all subjective.

      But I think that those who peddle this, at least the wealthy who do, are trying to prevent grassroots, bottom up movements that seek equality, social justice, etc. etc. I think they do this to mesmerize useful idiots into fighting against their own best interests.

      This has been going on forever. But what really worries me, is how all pervasive this has become. It's now mainstream. Very mainstream. America, back in the 30s thru roughly the 70s . . . seemed to at least have a counter-narrative in view.

      That seems to have disappeared. I find that dangerous.

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