Individuality and the Common Good

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!

With Regards

Prof N.Natarajan

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


About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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6 Responses to Individuality and the Common Good

  1. rummuser says:

    Both of you have more faith in humanity than I do.


  2. shackman says:

    Interestingly enough, as I read I thought this is so unlike her writing style. And then you pulled the rabbit put of the hat and said it was your husband.Outsourcing. interesting- are we ne 51/2-on-11???


    • padmum says:

      Ahhhh….. He likes to be controversial… A kind of Devil’s advocate….all these years his comments have gone out as my inputs. The “stay home” has made him open his account on FB… Will connect you up… Thanks


  3. Wow, this article was very thought-provoking and I enjoyed reading it 🙂 Please give Natarajan uncle my best!


  4. Conrad says:

    Like Shackman, I immediately noticed the different writing style, focus and cadence and your reveal of your husband’s authorship clarified it immediately. I say bravo to the analysis, the logic, the conclusion. Shared guy mind! Marvelous complementarity between the two of you.


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