I've been wondering lately about how a society made up of individuals who each makes their own decisions about life based strictly upon their own needs, wants, and desires, actually evolves. What directions does it grow into and who do those people become?
What happens to children who grow up and are fed a steady diet of, "You can become anything you want to become. The choice is yours!"
Or the, "Where would you like to live?" discussion.
Perhaps even more painfully obvious is the "You are free to have relationships with whomever you like, for as long as it suits you." And kicking it up a notch how about the, "You are free to marry any person, any gender, any time" choice.
Being a culture that values the individuals freedom to make their own choices has it's own pitfalls. But how does that individualistic outlook eventually effect a culture?
How is the community effected, or the family? Don't they have any say any longer in the direction individuals take?
And why don't we use the wisdom of the whole? Why don't we trust our parents to choose a spouse for us, or help us settle upon a vocation? Because that would be so against our sense of free choice that it would be at least embarrassing to mention it to our friends, and at most, a politically incorrect thing to do.
Maybe, just maybe, some choices we have today are simply too great for us to make.
The choice for us to be able to stop making babies, snip, snip.
The choice for us to take our own life.
The choice for us to take another life.
Yes I know those words are used as dynamite in some corners of the internet, but being pro individual choice as a culture places the emphasis for decision making upon the individuals of that society.
I am a self confessed individual and I've known many other individuals and I'm not sure we are the ones who should be making such weighty decisions.