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Maybe I'm wrong, but I think we've become so "group minded" because groups stick together whereas as an individual, others will pounce and squelch anything that person has to say or do. To be an individual has become an oddity, to some extent, and means that you may not want to open up your mouth for fear of being the focus of a verbal, hatefilled attack.


Iow, safety in numbers. To be an individualist requires, to a certain extent, the willingness to ignore the discomfort of being thought odd, backward, or an outcast of one sort of another. Groups generally seem to have the strength of numbers, which I view as vulnerable to scrutiny and to decline. The integrity of the group always depends on the individuality integrity of the ones making up that group. That's the inherent weakness of group-think.
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To be an individual has become an oddity, to some extent, and means that you may not want to open up your mouth for fear of being the focus of a verbal, hatefilled attack. Who would relish opening themselves up to that?
I do, and you are correct, I get attacked for it by the type of person who insists on group think being 'better' than what I do - which is be me. Gandy for instance can't stop himself from attacking me, because I think differently than he does.


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Iow, safety in numbers. To be an individualist requires, to a certain extent, the willingness to ignore the discomfort of being thought odd, backward, or an outcast of one sort of another. Groups generally seem to have the strength of numbers, which I view as vulnerable to scrutiny and to decline. The integrity of the group always depends on the individuality integrity of the ones making up that group. That's the inherent weakness of group-think.
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