Atomic "individuals"

A culture of “atomic individualism” produces individuals addicted to atomic individualism!

The funny thing is that all of the “individuals” it produces have the exact same possessive attitude towards their "individuality" ("It's MY body and I can do whatever I want with it!" etc.), almost as if they were not really individuals at all, but mass-produced parts designed to fit into the machinery of state capitalism.

But don't think about that too much: just keep telling yourself, "But I really am a unique individual!" That is working fine for the hundreds of millions of others just like you!

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  1. On a less politics/philosophy related note, I have noticed hipsters these days are all very similar.

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    1. They have hipsters in India (if you are not in India, sorry for assuming you are Indian).

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    2. There are some Indians who live outside of India. At least one or two.

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    3. I live in Spain, but -

      There are hipsters in India, yes, which is the funny part.

      Having a long beard in India used to be a sign of being a traditional religious fundamentalists.

      Now, having a long beard is a sign of being a rebel against tradition!

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  2. And this is suspicious?

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    1. What is suspicious?

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    2. All people in an individualist society being atomic individualists.

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    3. Not suspicious. It is a little... ironic?... that all of these "individuals" wind up acting the exact same way! Alexis de Tocqueville pointed this out about democracies: they don't really care much for real individuals. Aristocracies tend to produce those.

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