America's "Individualistic" Society

America's "Individualistic" Society

What kind of society do we really live in?
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America was built with the intention of being an individualist culture, however, it seems to be faced with a societal conflict that it has been battling for centuries. The conflict revolves around individualism vs. collectivism. Individualism is the principle of being independent and self-reliant. Collectivism is the principle of giving a group priority over each individual within it.

Let’s go into a bit further detail on the two before deciding what kind of society we really are. Individualism is the idea that the individual's life belongs to them and they have the right to do with it what they please, and pursue his or her own values. It’s the idea that our American Founders established when creating the Declaration and the Constitution which were meant to recognize and protect each individuals' rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.

On the contrary, collectivism is the idea that each individual’s life doesn’t belong to his or herself, but to the group that they’re apart of. He or she has no rights and is obligated to sacrifice values and ambitions for the greater good of the group. Collectivism promotes the idea that the group is the basic unit of moral concern.

So, individualism or collectivism? Which idea should we value, and which do we value?

As we look out into society, we see the world as separate and divided. We see distinct individuals. Though individuals may be apart of groups like teams or unions, the indivisible beings we see are individuals. Everyone has his or her own body, mind and life. Groups are nothing more than individual people coming together for a purpose. Humans are individuals.

The natural result of individualism is innovation. It’s led to invention, agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, and affordable necessities and luxuries. None of this would have been possible if individuals weren’t encouraged to think independently and create new things and keep some of the wealth from what they built.

We shouldn’t have to conform to society or feel oppressed from veering off from the group. Within America’s modern day society, we are “encouraged” to be individuals, but once we do disagree in a class debate, agree with a certain political party, or not follow our gender roles, etc., it’s suddenly frowned upon. In addition, we’re burdened with having to fulfill the need of other individuals.

A perfect example of collectivism in American culture is our income tax where some individuals are paying as little as 10% to income taxes, and others are paying up to 39.6%. For a society that “encourages” individualism, this seems to be a method that affects more than the individual.

When our Founding Fathers created the Constitution, they had every intention of America maintaining an individualist culture, however it seems that we are slowly turning into a collectivist society. What do you prefer we do?

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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To Donald Trump: Thank U, Next

Look what you taught us.

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What Donald Trump taught me is that it is not essential for the president to care about his country. Con-artistry goes a long way when communicating with people who are tired of the same political jargon.

His simple-minded but outlandish promises convinced people significant change was coming. Donald Trump taught me that never again do I want a president to be thought of as "one of us."

Instead, I want someone smart, ethical and who has taken a basic civics course — someone who will take care of minorities and make those in dire situations a priority instead of stock market prices.

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However, with that being said, I also want to give thanks to Trump. Because of him, the next generation sees how crucial it is to get out and vote. Most of your elders probably never spoke to an LGBTQ person, but you and your siblings grew up with LGBTQ friends, and you would never want them to be treated any lesser than you. You grew up with women dominating television. You grew up under the leadership of an African American president. You grew up in a world that was changing.

Some people don't like change, but you are the future, and it is your decision what you want that future to be. So thank you Donald Trump, for being the last big push Americans needed to completely change a world that was once dominated by violence and hate crimes. However, I think most of us can agree we are ready for what's coming next.

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