Collectivist vs. Idealist

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Individualistic vs. Collectivist which one is better? As pointed out in class, America is more Individualistic. We focus on ourselves and how do we make things better for us. This is the way our community is, but is it always for the best? I think that sometimes yes it is for the best, but what would be so bad about always thinking as a group? Being more collectivist would work in several different ways which could ultimately be more successful. America would definitely be a more humble place to live in which could help out in several ways. There would be more success in Leadership, which is never a bad thing. Leadership is strongly needed to help run this society better. Being a collectivist is thinking of others first. In America we think of ourselves more than others, which is being an Individualist. Not a bad thing but when you put yourself first in certain situations its not always the best. We want everything that’s best for us not necessarily the greater community. We want what we can afford, it doesn’t matter if your neighbor cannot afford it, you can so who cares? I originally believed being Individualistic was a better route, it is the center of the world I live in. But the more I think about it I’m not so sure. I do enjoy focusing on myself to a certain extent, who doesn’t? But I don’t want that to take away from others. I would like for everyone to have a fair shot. I don’t want to be ahead of someone because they are thinking about the affects it has on other people while I’m thinking of the affects it will have on me. There is good and bad in both scenarios. Honestly, do I know if a collectivist community would run well? No, I don’t because I have never personally lived in one. I could just be the idea that is strikingly impressive. The idea of one makes me think that it would be excellent. But then again maybe that’s just me wanting to be a better…...

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