Do not make the mistake of the ignorant who think that an individualist is a man who says: “I’ll do as I please at everybody else’s expense.” An...”
Mahatma Gandhi said it best: ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’
Individualism is said to be associated with “artistic and bohemian interests and lifestyles where there is a tendency towards self-creation and experimentation as opposed to tradition or popular mass opinions and behaviors as with humanist philosophical positions and ethics” (Wikipedia).
I personally find the whole concept of individualism fascinating. Take Berlin for example. The city is infamous for its pervasive graffiti culture.
Granted, it could be perceived as an eyesore, but I personally find it remarkable that these individuals go all out to scale buildings and skulk around railway tracks in the dark to craft their expressive art. I’m not condoning vandalism, but some of these creations are truly works of art. The fact that there is such a strong community of individuals who feel compelled to express themselves in such a public way speaks volumes. I would go so far as to say that it is at least a fairly harmless form of self-expression. Well, unless they fall off a tall building or get run over by an oncoming train in their quest of creating their art! If one were to look at it logically, it stands to reason that the people of such a highly regimented nation would have a deep-seated need to rebel in a larger-than-life way against the stifling rigidity of the obsessive efficiency underpinning the culture they live in.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for efficiency. I have the highest regard for Germany’s pristine standards of quality and efficiency. However, I come from a culture of absolute disorganisation, where chaos reigns in all its splendour! If I had been born and bred in Germany, I might have a different outlook on it. Whatever it is, it is a breathtaking sight to behold - to me, anyway.
Individualism is subject to interpretation, just like abstract art. So long as it is healthy individualism, where no one gets hurt in the process of one’s self-expression, I believe it’s imperative for self-development and evolution of mankind. Most, if not all, famous inventors in the world have been individualists in their own rights. After all, where would we be today if no one had envisioned a future with computers and a virtual world of information at our fingertips?