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This comment was submitted to Northwest Citizen by Ellen Baker, of Glacier, Washington, in response to their article. It is with her permission that we published her respone to the article on Liberty Road.


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Ellen Baker, Glacier, Washington, Nov 01, 2020


I, for one, bristle at the suggestion that “individualism” is in itself toxic or a danger to the social fabric. The nature of homo sapiens is individualistic. Every human arrives unique, differing significantly from one’s parents, sibs, and even from like minded peers. Differing brings depth to life, culture and civilization. So I see individuality and “individualism” as the norm, not an aberration.

If the actual thrust of the matter is conforming for safety, I suggest it’s better to address the substantive issue(s) head on. Why take a spear to individualism? There are times that not conforming has merit. Just this last week I re-read the classic short story “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson that was written in 1946. Those not familiar with it may want to find this uber-short read and reflect on it. (The last sentence of the tale about mindless conformity, as a woman is being stoned to death is: “It isn’t fair, it isn’t right” Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.”)

As for the current political and ideological schism - as long as you’re quoting Alexis de~: “Democracy,” Tocqueville wrote, “extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

[Cliche] “At the end of the day,” some may prefer to face the risk of disease than be metaphorically stoned for disagreeing with the dicta.


 

Editorial Comment: Quote from Abdul Kalam

In a democracy, the well-being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for hte overall prosperity, peace and happiness of the nation.