By Mohammad Charanek
Individualism and collectivism are two conflicting views on an ideological spectrum. In the word itself, individualism means the importance of individuals and collectivism means placing a group rights over individual rights. However, this doesn't mean that having an individualistic ideology makes a person greedy or selfish they are simply dealing with reality. People with this ideology believe that no personal sacrifices should be made in order to achieve an goal. The following values helps individuals creates goals, become independent and pursue their goals. People with individualistic ideologies primarily focus on self-Interest, competition and self-reliance. …show more content…
In order to pursue your self-interest, relying on oneself means to be independent and responsible in order to achieve your goals. individuals that possess confidence and have faith in their beliefs are more prone to be independent. Self reliance is important because that person is capable of standing up on their own feet without depending on others or yearning to be like them. The French Revolution has taught the French people at that time to be self reliant and not depend on the King because all the leaders in France were constantly being executed. However, in order to be self reliant one must be responsible for their own actions. As previously mentioned, people with individualistic ideologies don't depend on others so responsibility is the key to being self reliant. Another example of self reliance is economic freedom. Economic freedom is where consumers and producers have the free will in choosing in what to buy and sell. Economic freedom gives individuals the power in choosing what to invest in responsibly and independently without having to depend on others.
Since self interest and self reliance motivates an individual to pursue their goals. Competition is one way that helps an individual pursue those goals. This is important to individualism because it highlights the differences between strengths and weakness, creativity and creates more opportunities. A mercantilist economy does not create opportunities. Employees are paid very little, and being oppressed. A free market economy creates opportunities. It allows us to buy and sell as we please. We can be our own boss and set goals for