Sunday, February 25, 2007

Individual Anarchy....

Brian: Please, please, please listen! I've got one or two things to say.
The Crowd: Tell us! Tell us both of them!
Brian: Look, you've got it all wrong! You don't NEED to follow ME, You don't NEED to follow ANYBODY! You've got to think for your selves! You're ALL individuals!
The Crowd: Yes! We're all individuals!
Brian: You're all different!
The Crowd: Yes, we ARE all different!
Man in crowd: I'm not...
The Crowd: Sch!
The above is from the movie "Life of Brian" which if you havent seen you should, and thats an order so go watch it now! Now if you in fact do at my recommendation watch this movie are you acting on your own free will? or conforming to my opinion? are you then considered to be an individual? or a pawn in my plan for world domination? Oops hmm forget the world domination part :)

I watched the movie a while back and this week a lecturer of mine used the above lines from the movie to great effect to show that it takes true individuals to ask difficult and awe inspiring questons even if the questions seem simple at face value. So I began to wonder if there are any true individuals out there and whether I myself am an individual. So what is an individual? what makes an individual? are we individuals? Now im no philosopher or great thinker ( infact I do very little thinking) so I doubt I could answer those questions but I think I will just type and see how far I get with this idea that popped into my head this morning as I was enjoying breakfast.

Like the lines from the movie imply we all would love to think and do think that we are all individuals doing our own unique activities. WE ARE INDIVIDUALS ! but really are we? We still we fall into small micro societies within society so are we individuals or just members of tiny splinter groups. We are geeks, plastics, sports junkies, rich, poor, pesimistic, optimistic, self absorbed, selfless, bloggers (we RULE) etc. We are taught in this western climate of ours to be unique, be special and strive for individuality in this world apparently filled with a myriad of different paths. But are we really individual and special? Before the concept of "I" came about people in the old world never had this concept of the individual. Individuals were unheard of and often shunned by there communities. People did things for the benefit of there community and for the benefit of the whole not the benefit of themselves. As they grew so did the people and the society around them. We today have forgotten this, that there is more in this world than us, egoism.

Individualism is the doctrine or belief that all actions are determined by, or at least take place for, the benefit of the individual, not of society as a whole, And then we wonder why our society is so messed up. There is no harmony, no sense of togetherness because we all have competing goals which most often infringe on other people goals. Eat or be Eaten, Kill or be killed, ruined or be ruined. Look im not advocating communism or some extreme cult, all I am saying that in the world of individuals who is really unique? Be your own person but there must come a time when you do think about those around you and do something for the greater good not the greater gold. May today that is the hallmark of a true individual. Someone willing to give up his "individuality" to preserve something bigger than his/herself.

Following the masses and being typical is the usual path for most people. So some of us will say well im not typical or so and so is typical but imagine we all started rebelling against being "typical" and start being non conformist,who then is typical and who are the indivduals? a group of non conformists are just like a group of conformists hardly any individuals present. A criminal can be said to be practicing extreme individualism. He/She doesnt follow the norm, rebels against authority and only cares about themselves not the society which they pillage from. There actions are only to further their own agenda's so are criminals just misunderstood individuals? Should we celebrate their individuality?

The true reason for societies current anarchy is invidualism. We inherently require anarchy and discord to live so indivdualism is a waay to perpetuate this. There can be no peace without anarchy.

Am I an individual? I dont know but I would like to think that I strive to be like the man in the crowd who says "I'm Not" more often then being a sheep.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Are you amongst the crowd or the man in the crowd?

A post destined to offend nearly two thirds of the civilized world. And severely annoy the other third
The Lone Writer


safiyyamk said...

i agree with you... every person is different, and they should be accepted and respected for that regardless of background, colour or caste...

good post...

Dew said...

The irony of life:
Everyone one wants to fit in and still stand out.

The irony of life:
Everyone wants to believe they're special...but then if everyone believes that, its not special anymore.

Everyone should be able to be an invidual for their own reasons.
Like, I'm an individual because my baby toes can't bend...yeah, I rock:)

saaleha said...

I'm itching to post some Tyler Durden wisdom:)

but Ubuntu will take us a long way.

qdee said...

as my friend raeesa said on her evryone else.

queen_Lestat said...

I don't think anyone's unique, despite attempts to be so. We all conform to some kinda rules/ethics/moral code in some form or another.

For example, we identify ourselves as Muslim which should imply that we adhere to a particular creed and religion and way of life. An atheist for example might think they are completely unique, but they're not. The conform to an ideology with others who also don't believe a God exists.

Individuality and Uniqueness are the biggest social lies of all time I think.And I suppose the idea is very context and content specific.

Priya said...

Individualism vs Social could be the new WWE vs RAW. :)
as society struggles to adapt to new ways of living, somethings gotta give... and today it is the greater good replaced by whats good for me?
Aren't we just so happy in this global village?

The K-man said...

Saf: Thanks glad you agree :)

Dew: Thanks for the lovely comment and I so agree with you. We all individualy different. Your baby toes cant bend hehe thats cute :)

Saal: I just watched Fight Club forthe 8th time, We could use tyler durden wisdom.

qdee: Im just weird plain out strange :)

Queen: So society then dictates our uniqueness.

Priya: You a closet Wrestling fan? W good use steel chairs to make people uniquely concussed :)

Bilal said...

i agree with queen- but thats my individual decision:)
and did you write this as an individual- or a product of a lecturer at campus:P

Infinium said...

Think about it more critically,analytically and more philisophically, and you'll come tothe conclusion that everyone, even if they live in conformist society, is an individual, theres always that little quirk in evryone tha defines theier individuality... its what makes us HUMAN... which is why we all have our own unique destinies, and even if i followed a similar path to another person, something will crop up along the way to change it such that it isnt an identical path to someone else... so just gove it a try people... and you'll see...

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