ISLAMABAD: As the name indicates, individualism refers to the rights of the individuals and is centred around the self. Due to this reason, we tend to associate individualism with selfishness, whereas individualism can also be defined as being independent and self-reliant. We are responsible for our own actions and we cannot blame others if things go bad. At the end of the day, one has to take ownership of their actions. In contrast, collectivism is defined as ownership by multiple people or a group. Preference is given to a group of people rather than individuals. So here the question arises that how does individualism lead to collectivism? The answer is simple: ownership. Every individual takes the responsibility of whatever is happening in their life, good or bad. If this happens, then it ultimately leads to group responsibility i.e. collectivism. We generally do not consider the role of individuals in society and the collective impact they have. If we start doing so, and own our actions, we will be able to build a healthy society.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2019.