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Conformity vs. Individualism - We’ve all know what it feels like: walking down the halls in middle school or high school while you feel like you’re being watched…analyzed…critiqued. It would almost seem like every person you passed would be silently judging you for what you’re wearing, how you applied your makeup, how you did in the last soccer game, or what they heard you did with Jonny. The passerby’s in the hallway would place you on the high-school-hierarchy-of-coolness scale based on superficial characteristics even before getting to know you....   [tags: From Conformity to Individualism 2014]
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The Oppression of Individualism - “We strive to be like all our brother men, for all men must be alike” (Ayn Rand, Anthem). If everyone is the same no one can be superior, no one will believe they are better; because once someone believes they are better than others they are harder to control. For any dictator to stay in power they need to be in total control of their people; and children are the best and easiest of individuals to mold their minds into what the dictator wants them to believe, think, and do. To oppress individualism real and fictional totalitarian rulers separate kids from their families....   [tags: Totalitarian, Dictator] 562 words
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Individualism in Modernism - ... His extremely high aspirations motivate him to work long and hard, in hopes of becoming the man he wants to be. His goals are further stimulated after falling in love with the extremely wealthy Daisy Buchanan. In order to be with her and to be accepted in her socialite world, Gatsby works for five years to become a thriving millionaire and buys a mansion in West Egg "so that Daisy would be just across the bay" (78). Gatsby can hardly stay away from the thing he wants most. He begins to throw lavish parties in hopes that one day Daisy will appear, and becomes friends with Daisy's cousin in order to reunite with her....   [tags: avant-gard trends in literature]
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Individualism in History - ... Franklin was much more into the emerging science that was coming about in the world. Edwards, on the other hand, was a Calvinist. He believed in predestination and the mystical powers of God. Everything Edwards did or saw could all be explained by God’s will. Although both men believed in completely different theories, they both lived by a high moral code. Franklin first listed out his highest virtues in his autobiography and secondly, tried to master every one. Both men tried to better themselves due to their strong beliefs, but they both were trying to accomplish the same things essentially....   [tags: Puritans, equality, acceptance, tradition]
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The Perspectives on Mindsets of Individualism - Individualism is a school of ethic that can be defined by various perspectives of intelligent mindsets. Nathaniel Brenden (1994) defined individualism as two different concepts: 1) ethical-psychological and 2) ethical-political. Under ethical-psychological concept, he stated that a human being should be able to judge independently and think, while respecting the jurisdiction of his or her mind. In addition, Brenden stated that individuals should uphold its command of individual rights under ethical-political concept (Brenden, 1994)....   [tags: Ethics ]
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What is Individualism? Is it Good Or Bad? - Individualism, Good or bad. America is filled with two types of people, people who tell you to be yourself and do whatever you want in life, and then there are also those people who try and tell you what you should be and what you should do in life. Individualism and collectivism are conflicting views of the nature of humans. By comparing the pros and cons of individualism, we will have a clear view of the American citizen. There are many advantages and difficulties of individualism. Individualism states that the individual is the main unit of reality and the ultimate way of life....   [tags: reality, collectivism, independent]
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Individualism and Collectivism Culture Theories - Individualism and Collectivism are two accepted theories that are commonly used when dealing with one’s culture and political views. According to Kemmelmeier, H. M. and Coon, Individualism and Collectivism concepts has been used to “depict, clarify, and envision divergence in people’s opinion, behavior, principles, attribution, self perception, socialization, and communication.” Nonetheless, individualism and collectivism has shared some mutual views as well as incongruous stances on humanity, the disposition of human beings, the affiliation of society and the characteristics of people in the individualistic culture....   [tags: Culture ]
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Individualism, Collectivism and Human Behavior - ... “How dared you think that your mind held greater wisdom then the minds of your brothers. And if the councils had decreed that you should be a street sweeper, how dare you think you could be of greater use to men than in sweeping the streets.”(71). This quote by Collective -0-0009 shows his sole concern about the breech in rules and avoids acknowledging the greater good that was discovered. Equality had given the council the electricity they have found. They used their individual knowledge, broke the laws of the collective because it was right to discover the electricity to share with others....   [tags: philosophical analysis] 628 words
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The Spirit of Individualism: Transcendentalism - In the unit “The Spirit of Individualism” there are two parts, “Celebrations of the self” and “The Dark side of Individualism” with pieces that present very different perspectives on human nature. “The Dark side of Individualism” portrays human nature as greedy, confused, easily caught up in fame, and addicted to wealth and possessions. In “Celebrations of the Self”, human nature is viewed in a more positive light. The characteristics shown are self reliance, independence, wisdom and selflessness....   [tags: thoreau, romanticism] 614 words
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Individualism in Samurai Culture and History - The principle of individualism was essential to the shaping of the samurai history and culture. The beliefs of self reliance and personal dependence were evident throughout samurai life. “The process of Japanese state formation and self identity in Japan have been intimately connected” (Ikegami 43). Not only did this sense of individualism affect samurai identity but Japan as a whole. The samurai class as a whole sought to be part of their own warrior class, or even a part of the upper class; anything but the commoner class....   [tags: Principles, Self-Reliance]
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Individualism in Samurai Culture and History - The principle of individualism was essential to the shaping of the samurai history and culture. The beliefs of self reliance and personal dependence were evident throughout samurai life. Ikegami discusses how the process of the formation of Japan and self identity of the people have been intimately connected (Ikegami 43). Not only did this sense of individualism affect samurai identity but Japan as a whole. The samurai class sought to be part of their own warrior class, or even a part of the upper class, anything but the commoner class....   [tags: Japan, muromachi, kamakura, seppuku]
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Individualism in "Anthem" by Ayn Rand - Anthem, by Ayn Rand, is a very unique novel. It encircles individualism and makes the reader think of how people can conform to society and do as they are told without knowing the consequences and results of their decisions. Also, it teaches the importance of self expression and the freedom that comes along with being your own person and having the power to choose what path to take in life. Figurative language is used often in this book and in a variety of quotes that have great importance to the theme, plot, and conflict of the novel....   [tags: Anthem, Ayn Rand, ] 814 words
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The Development of Individualism and Romanticism - Individualism Romanticism is the cult of the individual – the cultural and psychological nativity of the self, the inner spark of divinity that links one human being to another and all humans to the Larger Truth. Artist became preoccupied with articulating the personal experiences they become, in turn, a representative one. The artists takes on a quasi-religious status not only as a prophet and moral leader, but also as a divinely inspired vehicle through which nature and the common man find their voices....   [tags: democratic ideologies, revolution, humans] 2435 words
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Individualism in the Film Jane Eyre - ... Tom’s essay speaks of how “historically, people have not been kind to that which is different”, yet however, she encourages this drive within individuals as she goes on to say, “this [in fact] is what has driven the evolution of society.” Though many historical events such as the Holocaust and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade have not been greeted with gratitude nonetheless, Tom explains that the acknowledgement of such events results in the evolution and change of an individualistic society. The importance of embracing one’s individuality through recognition of the barriers set by one’s society, is further exemplified in Alcott’s novel, where Marmee March, a mother of four wonderful daugh...   [tags: creativity, little women, alcott] 1037 words
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Individualism or Collectivism in Society - Debate Question: Which ideological group has had the greatest impact on modern society. Individualism or Collectivism. Terms: Individualism-> when you value the freedom and worth of the individual, sometimes over the security and harmony of the group or a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence Collectivism-> is basically when you think that values and the goals of the group and the common good over the goals of any one individual are the most beneficial....   [tags: Society] 1159 words
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Humanism the Gateway to Individualism - The greatest and most influential intellectual movement of Renaissance Italy was humanism. The humanists believed that the Greek and Latin classics contained all the lessons one needed to lead a moral and effective life and were the best models for a person to live by. They developed a new kind of classical scholarship, with which they corrected and tried to understand the works of the Greeks and Romans, which was important to them. Both the republic elites of Florence and Venice, and the ruling families of Milan, Ferrara, and Urbino hired humanists to teach their children classical morality and to write elegant, classical letters, histories, and propaganda....   [tags: renaissance, italian renaissance, humanist] 515 words
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The Individualism Movement: Ralph Waldo - Everyone has the right to be who they want to be and to believe what they wish - individualism. Ralph Waldo Emerson was the heart and soul of the individualism movement during the Transcendentalist period. Transcendentalism was an intellectual movement that expressed the belief that everyone is capable of discovering the truth on their own through intuition. Emerson used logical arguments on what he believed was the truth. Emerson was such an admired, talented writer; some even said he could be the founding father of the transcendental movement....   [tags: transcendentalist period] 1593 words
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Contrasting Individualism and Collectivism - ... Triandis, McCusker & Hui (1990) found that members of Eastern cultures perceive their in-group as more homogenous than the out-group, compared to members of Western cultures. Furthermore, they found that members of Eastern cultures value the well being of the in-group over their personal goals, whilst members of Western cultures typically value the individuals welfare and goals over the well being of their in-group. Examples of Western cultures that have been found to have high levels of individualism are Germany (Darwish & Huber, 2003), the US (Kim & Markus, 1999), Norway (Birkelund, 2000; Syverstad, 2009), Australia, Great Britain and France (Hosfstede, 1980)....   [tags: culture, uniqueness, conformity] 639 words
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Individualism in American History - ... The colonies were a way for people to break away from England or other European countries. These people started new lifestyles where they could freely practice their own religions. They made a living for themselves with limited interference from the country of origination. During this time in England, the Church of England was being led by Calvinists. The group known as the Puritans were “continuing to press for reforms of the Church of England along Calvinist lines” (Wilson). The tension between the two groups led a group known as the Separatists, who disagreed with the Church of England, to leave England and find a better life for themselves and their family....   [tags: american revolution, privacy, communities] 1461 words
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Individualism and Collectivist Cultures - ... The concept of amae may have been important in order to maintain the solidarity of the group, because the Japanese have been a people who have stressed group unity since ancient times. Pg 17 The person who insists on his or her opinion before the group has reached a consensus is seen as selfish and forward. Better to say nothing than cause misunderstandings or trouble. It is considered rude for a subordinate to speak out openly against a person of higher rank. Pg 53 Silence thus functions as a kind of lubricating oil to create smoother communication because it can help to avoid hurting others and contributes to a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere, allowing people to overcome difficult s...   [tags: identity, japanese words, ambiguity] 1078 words
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Methodological Individualism - In the social sciences, an endless debate is ongoing involving fundamental issues pertaining between methodological individualism and methodological holism. The reason this is such a deep rooted heated debate amongst researchers is the fact that it touches upon our most 'deeply-seated' beliefs about the nature of the individual and of society, our knowledge about these, and the idea of a good society (Udehn, 2002). According to Parsons (1937) methodological individualism is a claim in social phenomena which must be explained by showing how these results from individual actions, which in turn must be explained through reference to the intentional states that motivate the individual actors....   [tags: social sciences, holism]
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Individualism in The Fountainhead - Individualism in The Fountainhead        Individualism, the doctrine of free thought and action of the individual, forms the basis of Ayn Rand's novel The Fountainhead. The major theme of her fiction is the primacy of the individual, the unique and precious individual life. That which sustains and enriches life is good, that which negates and impoverishes the individual's pursuit of happiness is evil. The Fountainhead is Rand's fullest explication of the primacy of the individual. As she worked out her interpretation of the inalienable rights: the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and what these entailed, she saw three areas of conflict where these rights were held in...   [tags: Fountainhead]
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Individualism Our Future? - ... Individualism was successful driving part of our society progress for many last decades, but got a lot critiques nowadays from many sides of our society. Will it last in our future world or we will find something better to replace it. Looking at the principles of individualism, its history and present state we can predict its undividable part from our society and will be its primary moving force to twenty first century. Main foundation of individualism relies on pursuit of individuals 's goals and dreams, personal independence, self-reliance and thesis that interests of the individual should be above the interest of the state or a social group....   [tags: socioeconomic philosophies] 700 words
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Retaining Essentialism in a World of Cogs: The Individualism Versus Societal Conformity - Throughout Aldous Huxley’s novel, Brave New World, the contrast of individualism to the blind conformity of society is shown repeatedly. The constant battle between the day-to-day life of conforming citizens in The World State and the main character Bernard Marx’s realization of isolation demonstrates the separation an individual feels from the rest of society. The sense of consciousness or individualism that Bernard Marx begins to feel is openly condemned by The World State, along with the mindless citizens....   [tags: Society, Governance, Individuality]
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Individualism and Collectivism in Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - ... His philosophy is that the right of the ego is the first right on earth. His moral law follows that one should never have their prime goal fullfilled through other people. This forms the basis of Objectivism which, according to Ayn Rand, is what makes up the concept of man; one which functions as a heroic being, with his own attainment of happiness seving as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. Ayn Rand's novel,The Fountainhead, is based upon the concept of individualism, which establishes the doctrine of free thought and the action of the individual....   [tags: nonconformity, motivation] 952 words
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American Individualism and How It Has Envolved - ... In one of Poe’s short stories, “The Raven” the man was grieving about his dead wife. He went into a deep darkness mourning about his wife; wondering, fearing, and doubting about what had happened to her (Poe468). This explains pros of Individualism because he expressed exactly how he felt about her dying. He got to express his feelings without being put down. Being an American citizen he got to use his right of having freedom of speech, which everyone should not be afraid of doing. This shows collectivism because it showed how he wasn’t afraid to express his individuality even when numerous people were making fun of him....   [tags: slaves, society, death, citizen]
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Collectivism versus Individualism - It is human nature to see those who are different and group them into distinct categories. The distinction of Individualism versus Collectivism is one that is currently being studied extensively. On one side, individualism sees individuals as the fundamental unit of a society. Individuals are supposed to be unique, independent, and most importantly, willing to put their own interests above all others. On the other hand, collectivism views the basic building block of society as social groups, stressing the interpersonal bonds between people....   [tags: sociological phylosophies]
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The Debate Between Methodological Individualism and Holism - Explain and evaluate the debate between methodological individualism and holism. Introduction The explanatory variants of MI and holism are likely to be interdependent; both individualists and holists contribute meaningfully to the nature of social explanations. MI states that social phenomena are fully explained only when there is reference to the behaviour and action of individuals. Holism states that it is the study of collective forces, groups, and organisations that dictates the explanation of social phenomena ....   [tags: Social Issues, Holism]
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Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter - Individualism in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Often in society people are criticized, punished and despised for their individual choices and flaws. In the novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author uses Hester Prynne to symbolize that those who challenge social conformities can benefit society as a whole. Though she has been banished for committing adultery, she sees that the community needs her. Through her generous accomplishments the community realizes she is a person who, regardless of her sin, can affect the community in a positive way....   [tags: Scarlet Letter Hawthorne] 1063 words
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Individualism In Kate Chopin´s The Awakening - Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is about the slow awakening of Edna Pontellier, a young married woman who pursues her own happiness of individualism and sexual desires in a Victorian society. As a result, Edna tries to makes changes in her life, such as neglecting her duties as a “mother-woman” and moving into her own home. But she soon realizes that nothing can change for the better. Feeling completely hopeless, Edna chose to die as a final escape from the oppression of the Victorian society she lives in....   [tags: victorian society, Edna Pontellier, independence]
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My Individualism Written by Natsume Soseki - Japanese and Chinese culture had different response towards the western modernization. The two document of “The Heritage of Japanese Civilization” written by Albert M. Craig will help us analyzed the differences and perspective from the Chinese reforming its country. The four document in “The Heritage of Chinese Civilization” which also written by Albert M. Craig will help us see a better perspective from different authors of Chinese culture changes through modernization. This will help us understands the difference between the Chinese and Japanese culture response of western modernization....   [tags: japanese and chinese culture, modernization]
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Americans and Individualism - The United States of America is the land of the free, the land of opportunity, the wealthiest country in the world, a country that half the modern world is modeled after. Its President is referred to as the "Leader of the free world". Thousands of people come to this country every year, learning about the country in hopes of becoming citizens. William Hudson in his book 'American Democracy in Peril ' talks about the seven biggest challenges to this democratic nation. Individualism can be seen as a gift or a curse, depending on the context in which it occurs....   [tags: essays research papers] 1078 words
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Dreadlocks and Individualism - Dreadlocks and Individualism Imagine having the flexibility of wearing your hair loose and flowing. . .maybe pulled back in a simple rubber band, or allowing your long locks to swing expressively in front of your face. It's a natural feeling and style, that epitomizes your love for individualism, they are your Dreadlocks. The art of dreadlocks can be traced back to the Ancient Caribbean islands such as Jamaica where they were fine tuned to perfection by Rastafarians. Here at Syracuse University, students give a new meaning to what it is like to be a part of the dreadlock society without having to be a Rastafarian, a black radicalist, or politically correct....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers] 1589 words
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Individualism and Fascism - Individualism and Fascism Modern political thought has given a considerable amount of attention to the conception of the individual's function in modern society. In this paper, I will discuss the fascist philosophy on individualism. Using the Italian philosopher Alfredo Rocco's arguments on this topic, I will consider how Liberalism, Democracy and Socialism are closely related, while Fascism can be seen as the true antithesis to Liberalism. In this process I will review Fascism and its principles....   [tags: Papers] 1099 words
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The Autonomous Self and the Dichotomy of Individualism - The Autonomous Self and the Dichotomy of Individualism It is not only intellectuals and English theory professors who spend countless hours and study attempting to determine the notion of self. People all over the world do it everyday, whether consciously or unconsciously. People question who they are and how their lives are structured in relation to the society in which they live. From questioning why they forgot the eggs on the grocery list to why life seems to be an eternal roller-coaster, people have an innate desire to learn about the self and how it functions in day-to-day life....   [tags: Self Image Philosophy Essays] 1428 words
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Individualism versus Collectivism in The Fountainhead - Individualism versus Collectivism in The Fountainhead       The theme of The Fountainhead as stated by its author, Ayn Rand, is "individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man's soul." Three major characters serve as types for the noble, contemptible, and parasitic in this comparison. Howard Roark is an architect who serves as Rand's model for individualism to the extent that he is willing to sacrifice everything he has in order to retain his status as an individual. Ellsworth Monkton Toohey is a charismatic genius who uses his knowledge of human nature and collectivism to manipulate and control the masses, who hang on his every word....   [tags: Ayn Rand Fountainhead Essays]
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American Individualism in The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman - ... A lot of us (Americans) have grown up learning to do things for your self, rather than for society. It has become a natural instinct over the years. Individuals need to give back and help each other out because thats what makes the world go around. Lots of individuals help each other every day, it just has become a lower number on how many are doing it. Just imagine if we all thought about our selfs, the world would not be as efficient. Everyone would be mean and disrespectful towards each other....   [tags: The Yellow Wallpaper Essays]
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Individualism in Habits of The Heart - Habits of The Heart create a vision of the middle class American life with all its good, bad, strengths and weaknesses. Its examines the conflict that exists between individuality and community in this country, as well as how these conflicts effect our ability to form relationships with others, whether it is in a public arena or our own intimate relationships with family and friends. The very word individualism means to look out for number one, it implies a me society that has lost it’s way from the way it use to be....   [tags: essays research papers]
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Individualism - Individualism 1) An individualist is considered to be someone with personality and character, someone who is not easily intimidated by social pressure or customs, someone with a personal opinion and a singular view of the world. Because modern society finds it important that people think independently, decide autonomously and take personal initiatives, the concept of individualism has acquired a positive connotation. However, individualism is also linked with the tendency to withdraw from social life and turn in towards oneself....   [tags: essays papers] 1281 words
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Individualism - Individualism Many characteristics may create one’s individualism. Personality, appearance, environment, and heredity are the characteristics that make up one’s individuality. One can control the individual he may become with the help of individualism. Personality is a characteristic that plays a major role in one’s individuality. “One has many parts that make up his personality” (Kramer 27). One may show these parts in different ways. There are a variety of personalities that one can have....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Power of Individualism Revealed in The Fountainhead - The Power of Individualism Revealed in The Fountainhead       Imagine power as a form of free flowing energy, a source found within every one and for each individual. Assume that to gain power, one has to tap this resevoir of immense proportions and relish upon the rich harvest to their hearts desires. Consequently, when there is such a dealing of concentrated materials, nature takes charge and similarly to other physical abstracts, rendering this package lethal, with the potential for untold destruction....   [tags: Fountainhead]
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Defending Egotism and Individualism in The Fountainhead - Defending Egotism and Individualism in The Fountainhead        "The structures were austere and simple, until one looked at them and realized what work, what complexity of method, what tension of thought had achieved the simplicity. No laws had dictated a single detail. The buildings were not Classical, they were not Gothic, they were not Renaissance. They were only Howard Roark." This dialogue in the powerful book The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, set in the early 1920's in the city of skyscrapers, New York, describes the unique building style of the architect, Howard Roark which parallels his uncompromising and individualistic personality....   [tags: Fountainhead]
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The Individualism of Henry David Thoreau and Chris McCandless - ... Chris did things for himself and not to please others; this disregard for other people’s opinions was present even when he was a sophomore in high school. His sister, Carine stated, “He didn’t care that it wasn’t a cool thing to do” (Krakauer 120). She then went on to say, “He didn’t seem interested in the money so much as the fact that he was good at making it” (Krakauer 120). It can be taken from this quote that Chris was only trying to prove to himself what he was capable of doing. Other people may have done this simply for the money and that is what Chris was always trying to avoid....   [tags: Waldon, Into the Wild]
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Roots Of Individualism In Euro - Roots of Individualism in Europe During the Middle Ages, independent thought was viewed disdainfully. Almost any idea deviating from the status quo, largely determined by the Roman Catholic Church, was condemned as heresy. One convicted of such a grievous offense was often excommunicated or killed, either by means of a proper execution or by a hostile mob. However, with the decline of the Middle Ages, the conditions arose for the birth of individualism—the development of which can be traced through the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the rise of capitalism....   [tags: essays research papers] 1184 words
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Modern American Culture and Individualism - The 20th century is considered to be a money culture. Materialism, a devotion to making money and to having a good time are all products of a money making culture. All of technology is controlled by an interest in private profit (Dewey, p15). Sigmund Freud and John Dewy both see this day in age as a time devoted to the “scientific revolution” and profit from this drastic advance in mankind. Civilization, as we know it today, is largely to blame for the misery of the common people. The American people no longer have a sense of individualism....   [tags: Materialism essays research papers] 1030 words
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Identities and Individualism: Youth cultures - Identities and Individualism: Youth cultures ‘Identities and Individualism: Youth cultures’ is aimed at lower secondary, level 6. As a part of a ‘suite of modules for Levels 1 to 6,’ this module addresses the very important issue of identity in today’s world (QSCC 2002:4). It not only allows for flexibility in discovering one’s position within a group in society but how they relate to and within the broader world scheme. The module explores identity as constructed by the media focussing on the strand of Culture and Identity (CI) with some Time, Continuity and Change (TCC) core learning outcomes used to provide background and context....   [tags: essays research papers] 1931 words
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Pursuit of Individualism in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... Furthermore, Dorian’s concerns remain solely on himself. He believes that “It was better not to think of the past. Nothing could alter that. It was of himself, and of the future he had to think” (210). Dorian’s feelings are highlighted along with his personal desires and worries. It mentions, “James Vane was hidden in a nameless grave…Alan Campbell had shot himself…but had not revealed the secret that he had been forced to know…Basil Hallward’s disappearance would soon pass away…He was perfectly safe there” (210)....   [tags: emotions, past, words, punctuation] 648 words
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The Growth of Conflict in Peter Callero's The Myth of Individualism - Conflict is something that exists in the everyday lives of all humans throughout the world. It can be shaped by the thoughts that are shared and also challenged by others. Conflict is like a tree. Once the idea is planted into someone's thoughts, it sprouts and begins to grow. As the idea continues to grow and spreads its branches, others who agree with the idea grow around it and the conflict builds and builds until it is like an overwhelming forest. Once conflict is formed and created, it can grow until it affects the lives of everyone is the surrounding area and can lead to extreme cases....   [tags: warfare, violence, gang members]
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Individualism versus Other Ideologies - Individualism versus Other Ideologies "Liberalism expresses an encompassing view of human life, one that aspires to leave individuals as much as possible free to shape their lives in a meaningful direction." According to Ronald Beiner, practices of liberalism are not the same with what it must be. Ronald Beiner criticises the liberalism and the communitarianism. In his journal, individuals have to get more rights to choice what they want and what they will do. However, it can only be a utopia. Also, it is not a good idea to break of individuals from community....   [tags: Papers] 917 words
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USA: The Land of the Individualism and Freedom - ... so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.” (Bradbury 156-157). It is a dream shared by many — to be able to leave behind a mark so permanent as to instill yourself in history forever, to be set apart from the nameless mass of ordinary people, to be somebody. People wish to become the next big superstar, the next Bill Gates, the next Albert Einstein, the next Mark Zuckerberg, the next Thomas Edison, or the next President of the United States....   [tags: opportunity, melting pot] 1429 words
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Seventeenth Century Jewish Individualism - Seventeenth Century Jewish Individualism The seventeenth century not only marks an important era in Jewish history, the arrival of Jews in the New World, but it marks a shift in Jewish ideology as well. Traditionally, in the Old World prior to the Inquisition, Jews did not live as individuals but rather as a part of a social network or community that worshipped together, studied together, at times lived together, and had the same set of beliefs. During, and for sometime after the Inquisition, some secret Jews were part of an underground community but other secret Jews chose not to be part of any Jewish community, secret or not, out of fear....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Individualism in Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy - Julian West, a man born and raised in the 19th century has suddenly appeared in the 20th century. Due to an apparent mishap in the 19th, his body was never awaken and remained in its mesmeric state. When he woke up, he found himself in a whole different society then he was living in. The economy, government, and the whole social structure were completely changed. To Julian, the 20th century became the perfect image of a utopian society. But the society of the 20th century has left behind the pride of individualism which was cherished in the 19th century....   [tags: Looking Backward Essays] 349 words
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John Dewey's Critique of Socioeconomic Individualism - My paper attempts to exhibit the consistency of John Dewey’s non-individualistic individualism. It details Dewey’s claim that the traditional dualism opposing the individual to the social is politically debilitating. We find Dewey in the 20’s and 30’s, for example, arguing that the creation of a genuine public arena, one capable of precluding the rise of an artificial chasm between sociality and individuality—or, rather, one capable of precluding the rise of an artificial chasm between notions of sociality and individuality—had itself been forestalled by an inherited, outdated, but nonetheless dominant custom called individualism....   [tags: Sociology Papers] 4133 words
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The Ups and Downs of Conformity - The question of individualism vs. conformity comes to mind when dealing with the human psyche. Some people value being independent and self-sufficient, while some like to keep themselves in the confines of conformity. The American society tends to lean towards the conformist point of view and it is mostly due to the effects of media. Americans crave the idea of association and strive to become the individuals that the media deems worthy. Conformity is a quality that is present in the hierarchy of American society....   [tags: Individualism, Conformity, Human Psyche]
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American Individualism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper and The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe - ... Their are also many negatives when it comes to collectivism. After being in a group setting for so long, you no longer know how it is to be on your own. Most people who can’t stand alone, don’t know how to stand at all. Today, many people see the ideal American Individualist to be free and independent, some say otherwise. Our country was deprived from American founders who built this country upon individual’s rights, yet collectivism is a major role being used today. Most people are stuck between trying to grasp the purpose of individualism and collectivism at the same time, causing them to not understand either....   [tags: The Yellow Wallpaper Essays]
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Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard - ... “I can see why and I disapprove of your reasons,” she says “I’m the one who had some reason to feel indignant about your attitude. You had your eye on a promotion to which you had no right” (Nothomb, 1999, p.37). Her constant use of possessive pronouns creates a selfish-like tone. “I can see why I disapprove… I’m the one who had some reason to feel indignant” (Nothomb, 1999, p.37). And that selfish tone highlights the hypocrisy that can be found within the Japanese society despite their claim of being a collective society....   [tags: notromb, individualism, society] 524 words
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How Technology Development is linked to the Dutch Culture - Based on previous research of the Netherlands’ environment using PESTLE model, this paper is focused on the correlation between technological development, precisely environmental technology (MILENA gasification and UASB reactor), and the country’s socio-cultural evolution. Hofstede’s cross-cultural model is used as the major theory alongside some other researchers’ findings to understand how technology might be culturally shaped or how technology inventions might have led to the Dutch culture. Other factors that might facilitate or obstruct the development of technology such as changes in energy prices and the proficiency of languages shall be omitted from this discussion....   [tags: innovation, power distance, individualism]
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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - ... Even after birth they continue to follow the motto of the World State: “Community, Identity, Stability”(21). This motto is extremely ironic having the words identity and stability in it as the World State has sacrificed identity for stability. Shock therapy is also used to force children to hate certain objects. The director explains, “They'll grow up with what the psychologists used to call an ‘instinctive' hatred of books and flowers. Reflexes unalterably conditioned"(26). This entire process is sustained by the distribution of the drug soma, aka the miracle drug....   [tags: individualism, bio mechanical technology] 863 words
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A Summary of Anthem by Ayn Rand - A utopia is a community which possesses highly desirable or perfect qualities. The beginning of the book Anthem, written by Ayn Rand, is supposed to be represented as a utopia, but the reader soon discovers that it is actually a dystopia; which is merely the opposite of a utopia. The main character of the book, Equality 7-2521, explains to the reader that there are many laws and regulations that the people of City must obey such as: not to write or have their own thoughts, citizens can’t have individual names, and the citizens of the city also have to refer to themselves as “we.” Equality 7-2521 soon realizes that a society that lacks individualism does nothing to make the community prosper...   [tags: dystopia, individualism, freedom]
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