The following text is a partial translation of the original Russian article, performed by ChatGPT (gpt-3.5-turbo) and this Jekyll plugin:

“Не такой как все!”

Who among us doesn’t want to be a bright individuality? At least, to consider oneself as such. However, not everyone is capable of it. The modern developed society, with its victorious freedom of conscience, encourages the desire of each person for individuality, driving these unfortunate individuals to psychologists, coaches, psychiatrists, and antidepressants.

Who can be attracted to the slogan “One for all, and all for one”? Only weaklings and idlers, cowards and sycophants, a led flock. Those who hide in the crowd, afraid to express their own opinion, different from the group’s opinion, remain silent and always vote “For!” Those who are afraid to face difficulties alone, so they support and help others, hoping for reciprocity in difficult times. Those who have no talents or life forces; they are not confident in themselves, they need the protection and support of the collective. Collectivists!

The slogan “Every man for himself!” is much closer to a strong and integral personality. This is the slogan of talented, brave, adventurous, ambitious, and self-confident people. Those who are willing to take risks and are not ready to simply share their success. Those who know how to achieve what they have planned, even at the expense of others. Those who are hardworking, cunning, greedy, and passionate. Those who are indifferent to the opinion of the crowd. Those who are interested in the result of their work and personal benefit. Individualists!

If we believe Vilfredo Pareto, in any society (as well as in a herd or pack), there are significantly more collectivists than individualists. After all, it is safer with a collective, with fewer risks, and there are enough guarantees of security and some minimal comfort - the entire collective, company, or country is unlikely to perish at once. “Either way, the group will survive, and therefore, I will survive,” the collectivist thinks. The individualist, on the other hand, is indifferent to what will happen to the collective, company, or country; they bet on personal success, often at the expense of others’ losses.

However, the main value for an individualist is not material goods, but the freedom of their personality: the ability to think differently, to disagree, to wear red boots and a purple hat, to deny norms, rules, and taboos, to have their own conscience, often against laws, traditions, and public morality.

This conscience is the main pride of an individualist. Each individualist has their own conscience, with its individual reservations and assumptions. Often, it can forgive theft, betrayal, and even murder with extenuating circumstances. As long as the individualist’s “skin” is not harmed. Conscience is the ally, assistant, and accomplice of the modern individualist.

For collectivists, everything is different - they are conformists. Their conscience is external, not internal. They care about what people will think of them, what they will say, how they will be judged; whether they will be approved or condemned. A collectivist cannot sleep if they borrowed money from a neighbor and did not return it. An individualist can. Although, of course, there are exceptions.

It is good to be an individualist when you are intelligent, kind, and noble - like Montaigne or Cervantes. Then your conscience will not only educate and control you but also shed light on the lost souls of your fellow human beings, like the heart of D’Artagnan. It is good to be a passionate person with firm individual beliefs that not only contradict social norms but also dare to correct these norms - for the better. However, there are few conscience heroes among us. And among medieval humanists, I think they were also rare.

A society in which individualism is the exception and collectivism is the rule seems to me to be the most stable and productive society. On the other hand, a society in which individualism becomes the norm and the mantra “Love yourself!” is presented as a remedy for all ailments seems to me to be a society of chaos.

The problem is that collectivists, who, as we have established, are the overwhelming majority, do not know what to do with freedom of conscience. They do not know how to independently formulate the sacred categorical imperative for themselves. They are unable to live outside of public morality. They need a collective that dictates norms, rules, and taboos. They are only comfortable when someone evaluates their thoughts and actions. They do not have the strength and means to maintain their own conscience. They are unable to formulate for themselves what is good and what is bad.

Give them freedom, and they will quickly turn into LGBT activists, oppositionists, punks, feminists, anti-feminists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, mediums, and anyone else. They will simply go mad, losing external control over their moral image. They will feel uncomfortable and uneasy, but the social propaganda that has long and securely stigmatized collectivist societies as territories of fear and violence will not allow them to return to the format of “I am just like everyone else!”

So, what do we have? Innate conscience dystrophy in the majority, with almost complete absence of external control mechanisms. Where does it lead? To mass schizophrenia and, as a consequence, to

Translated by ChatGPT gpt-3.5-turbo/39 on 2023-10-02 at 17:00

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