Tuesday, April 12, 2016

On Individualism

"Individualism is widely misunderstood. Individualism, we often hear, assumes that people derive no benefit from working together in groups. But individualism isn't atomism. Individuals can and should cooperate—but only on terms each individual agrees to. Individualism, we hear, implies indifference to other people. But individualism isn’t misanthropy. Individuals can and should care about other people—but they shouldn't be forced to sacrifice their hopes and dreams for other people. Individualism, we hear, is the view that only money matters. But individualism isn't materialism. Individuals can and should pursue all of the values that contribute to a happy and successful life—spiritual as well as material.”

~ Don Watkins and Yaron Brook in Equal is Unfair

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