Real Individuality

An individual within a natural environment may feel that they are functioning as an individual within the environment, but he or she is always limited by what the natural world can provide. What makes us human is our ability to transcend the natural environment by creating a social environment to replace it.

Within this social environment our human existence is formed and maintained by the images and objects we create to define our social existence.  Since our real individuality is dependent on the social environments that allow them to develop, maintaining the health of our social environments is paramount to our maintaining and developing our individuality.

Real individuality is only possible within a social environment because only a social environment provides a person with the social opportunities that allow him or her to develop their personal capabilities to the fullest. Therefore, those people that see their individuality as being separate from the greater society actually function as cancers that strip the vitality from society, which results in affecting its overall heath.

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11 Responses to “Real Individuality”
  1. Garik Aleksandryan says:

    Without a social enviornment, we will not be capable of building our personalities. I agree with what you said about our human existence being built around our social existence. Individuality is something that every person shares through others. So if you have no exisiting social existence, then you’re supressing your inner-self. I think we must all embrace who we are and benefit from our social enviornment to help us do so.

  2. Ricardo says:

    Though i would like to agree with this, i cant help but believe there is an underlining factor missing to the idea; “those people that see their individuality as being separate from the greater society actually function as cancers that strip the vitality from society, which results in affecting its overall heath.”

    i believe what really gives society a “cancer” affect is power and greed in a social system unchecked by humanity. really, the disconnection away from the greater society, or better yet, humanity as a whole towards self fulfillment, power and greed is what helps spread this cancer. this cancer of a society spreads like parasite in a host which needs to keep the host oblivious to its presents. all the while releasing chemicals that cause the host to crave the sustenance that the parasite needs to survive. as long as the host is unaware it will keep feeding the parasite and starving itself.

    the parasite is any individual or group of individuals in a position of power that chooses to stay in power no matter what the cost. the host is society. the chemical is fear and propaganda. the sustenance the parasite needs to survive is the unwavering obedience to authority in the society also known as conformity .

    paradoxically, i believe that every individual, not in a position of power in society, has the ability not to blindly obey authority and instead, think for themselves. they as a result can help create a new “cancer” free society. but this can only happen when an individual chooses to separate his or her self from the greater society. when this occurs, beautiful things can happen. for example; Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King; Ghandi; and the revolution in Egypt.

  3. Brittiney Harde says:

    The social environment is within the natural environment. Without the natural environment, there is no social environment. Based on the social environment, you create your individuality. The social environment defines our existence.
    I agree with “Therefore, those people that see their individuality as being separate from the greater society actually function as cancers that strip the vitality from society, which results in affecting its overall heath.” I believe that you have to work within the constraints of the society. If you don’t work within the constraints and rules of the society it’s unhealthy for yourself and the society as a whole. This is because working together helps build a foundation for a society. And “being separate from the greater society” hinders ones self and the healthy development of the society as a whole. Being an individual should be encouraged, but when one separates themselves completely, it hinders the society.

  4. Devan Harral says:

    I can not entirely agree that “what makes us human is the ability to transcend the natural environment, by creating a social environment to replace it”. Yes i feel that (most) people can not function in a healthy manner with out a social environment because i think most people are sheep, they tend to imitate each other because its comfortable and makes them feel excepted. if you have friends.. are you friends with them because you have nothing in common? Most likely not because i think people rely on these similarities to feel a bond of acceptance in a society. They expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
    I believe there is a slim few of beings that are excepted as being different . Not all that wonder are lost. It takes a strong person to go against a societal way of doing things and reach for who they are.

    “Nature made us individuals, as she did the flowers and the pebbles, but we are afraid to be peculiar, and so our society resembles a bag of marbles, or a string of mold candles. The frost never paints my window twice alike”
    ~Lydia Maria Child

  5. Dora Chavez says:

    I agree with your statement “Real individuality is only possible within a social environment because only a social environment provides a person with the social opportunities that allow him or her to develop their personal capabilities to the fullest”. We are who we are because of where we were raised and because of the people we were exposed to (the society we grew up in). If we hadn’t grown up with the people we did, and had instead been raised at the opposite side of the world, what we think of ourselves and the things we associate ourselves with would be completely different. Those who do not believe that they are a by-product of their society are those who think of themselves as “special”: the Conceited that do not hold any consideration for others in their environment. It is these people who disrupt the delicate balance of society and prevent others from living freely and within their means.

  6. Anthony Kapitanski says:

    In reading this post, I found myself stuck trying to weigh the potential truth in your thought that “Real individuality is only possible within a social environment because only a social environment provides a person with the social opportunities that allow him or her to develop their personal capabilities to the fullest”. This somewhat Aristotelian view, that man is by nature a social being, seems to me, to be overlooking a significant flaw in modern social structure. Just a few days ago, I recall our conversation in which you held that a monopolized society, your example being the car industry, took away from freedom of choice among people, specifically the consumers in our conversation. But I would like to extend this argument slightly further and contend that in a highly synthesized and corporate dominated society, as we have today, individuality is lost in the midst of social environment. Unfortunately, it is not the individual who creates a social environment, which may have historically been the case, but rather it is a complex group of money oriented entities that structure society to focus on one thing: making money. The social structure as it is today is a feeder system that ingrains ideologies into the mass of people, creating a monotone path for every generation. Go to school, go to college, get a job that pays the mortgage, and hope someday you can retire. Where is the true individuality? It seems more like we are just “cogs in the machine” living out some synthesized greater plan.

  7. Lissette Lopez says:

    I think that our society does want us to conform to certain ideas but if we truly bring out our ideas and beliefs we can step out of the box society has made for us. To make our own personal identity, I think we pick pieces of information and characteristics of the things and people we come into contact with. The combination of all that surrounds us helps create certain personality traits and helps us become the people we want to be. I believe that we do not have complete control of who we become or our personal identity. I believe that the people who stand out a little more and believe their individuality is seperate from the greater society, as you said, do affect the overall health of society but I think it is for the best.

  8. jacqueline gutierrez says:

    Its like saying every individual has to be social in this society to be able to get a personality, being around others is the way your personality builds up, because the ones around you let you know what those certain trsits are that make you who you are in this society. There is no human being in this world that doesnt have a personality without being social.

  9. Hamza Khalid says:

    I agree with you, because without a social environment an individual personality won’t develop. People are what they are through the way we were raised and the area we were raised up in. For example a notorious gangster was probably raised up in an unstable family and in a place where crime was high and the law and order situation was in a bad shape. Thus if there was no social environment than their would be no explainable way of how one gains a personality.
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  10. Fatima Baig says:

    I agree with everything that you have said here, but I also personally believe that one can be capable of developing their personalities anywhere, whether it’s with the help of the social environment or without it. For one to create their own individual identity/personality, they get can bits and pieces from many places, like the people we come into contact with or the different things we see. Although everyone is an individual, they seem to be living their life in somewhat of a same routine. What’s so individual about that?

  11. jny h. says:

    “What makes us human is our ability to transcend the natural environment by creating a social environment to replace it.” I agree. It is unhealthy to never leave the natural environment. Social environment is a global rites of passage. In time, the natural environment sheds itself to make room for the social environment. Developing and maintaining relations is, essentially, what the natural environment preps us for.

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