And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
- Genesis 3:17-19
Whether you are religious or not, this part from the Bible is a fitting start for our discussion. It beautifully illustrates that every evil started with individualism. "I have a right to be a tyrant, I have have a right to abuse those who are weaker than me, I have a right to be selfish" - says the foolish individualist, or even if he doesn't say it out loud, this is what he believes in in his heart.
People exist in societies, in fact we always existed in groups. Let not the legend of the higher individual, the Superman deceive you - every remarkable man in history was the product of his own society. Did Caesar, Napoleon or Hitler fall out of the sky, for example? No, they were born into societies which raised them, shaped
them indeed into who they became later on. "The Third Reich" made Hitler, not the other way around. It wasn't Napoleon who conquered Europe almost, it was the french who collectively pushed their way through difficult situations and wanted to prove their dominance to the world. And so on. The "higher men" are always just tools spawned by society for the purpose of achieving the ideal of The Collective.
To tell the truth, I'm saddened to see that so many wizards here fell for the error of individualism. Actually, it is we wizards who can't exist without a stable society, if anyone. We are too weak to survive alone on our own, a strong welfare state with strict rules and law enforcement is the way for us to exist peacefully. But this is true for everyone: how should we exist together in a healthy group if the members of said group can't even agree on basic things, such as how they see life and what their values are? Impossible, such chaos will only lead to the impending destruction of a society. And we will be the first ones to feel its effects. We are responsible for each other, it absolutely matters what other people think or do. Therefore I propose we should advocate a benevolent cPost too long. Click here to view the full text.