Human beings refer to themselves as individuals. The term means that everyone is a separate entity with their own names, personality, traits, characteristics, thought process, preferences, and behavioral patterns.
The common belief is that no two individuals are alike. Without the distinguishing feature of individuality we would cease to have separate identities with our own personal certificates of birth, passports, driving licences etc. We cannot prove our identity without at least one of these.
The concept of common good has evolved over a period of time with the development of clusters called communities and societies for mutual support and benefits. The individuals felt insecure without a ring of like minded people around them. Hence groups emerged with commonality of interests and purpose.
As individuals, the raison d’être differed. However, the differences were sought to be suppressed in the interest of common good, to ensure survival of all the collaborating partners. To this day this compromise has remained an uncomfortable marriage with no scope for divorce.
Common good is outwardly extolled as a great virtue and privately believed to be a necessary evil. Not very different from the concept of marriage, another human invention!
This topic was chosen by Conrad for this week’s Friday Four-Now Five On One blog post topic. The other bloggers who write on the same topic are Rummuser, Shackman and Sanjana. I have outsourced my article to my husband who has written this blog!
Please go over to Rummuser’s and Shackman, Jconmem, and Sanjanaaah to see what they have to say about being an individual or suppressing it for the sake of the common good!
And my addition to the topic