American culture is diverse, eclectic and contradictory, including everything from classical music and literature to hip-hop and TV cop shows. From jazz and Broadway musicals to abstract expressionism and beat poetry, America has a history of vibrant and innovative cultural output. Hollywood movies and popular music are exported around the world, but more broadly the spread of brands like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Starbucks and Google is thought by some to symbolize the triumph of the American way of life and a particular way of looking at the world at the expense of diverse national and regional cultures. During the Nineteenth Century, Americans tended to think and provide for themselves. By large, they farmed their own land, slaughtered their own meat, and made their own clothing. They cooked their own food and provided for their own health and their own old age. They even managed to entertain themselves. Very few of them worked as an employee of another. They depended only upon themselves. No one had a claim on them, and they had claims on no one. They had both freedom and the responsibility that goes with it. Nowadays you can drive through any town and you’ll see the same McDonald’s, the same Wendy’s, and the same Burger Kings, offering the same food at the same quality for the same price. Walk through any supermarket and you’ll see the same cans of Green Giant vegetables, the same Sara Lee pastries, and the same Pepsi Cola soft drinks. But overtime this image of the American culture has changed, and everything now looks the same. After the success of fast food restaurant the American culture has started to be homogenized. Although homogenization has moved American culture forward, it has engulfed individuality.
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When you are born, you are a tiny insignificant spec in this humongous world. It will depend on your individuality to make yourself grow and move ahead or stay low and far behind. Making yourself a good individual will help you survive in the world, succeed, and be recognized and understood by people. Surviving in today’s world is not very simple for an individual. Not everyone can live with their parents all their life and be baby sited. There comes a time in a person’s life when they have to be on there own and make their own decisions. When you are an adult you can’t rely on anyone but yourself. You must know what’s right for you and what’s not. If you feel hungry you have to cook your own food and not expect someone else to do it for you. When you are sick you have to make your own doctor appointments. You have to grow up and take responsibility in your own hands. You cannot expect people to guide you step by step to accomplish something. To be able to survive as an individual you have to think for yourself and know that there is no one to rely on.
The Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is set in the future, where government controls the people. The world in which they live is called the world state. The government control and program how the people think and act. In this society, problems are avoided by taking a drug called soma. Soma is used universally around the world state and is used to promote stability and happiness in the world state. Huxley shows how the government creates a so-called happiness but in reality takes away the individuality of the people in the world state in order to prioritize happiness.
“On Rack 10 rows of next generation’s chemical workers were being trained in the toleration of lead, caustic soda, tar, chlorine. The first of a batch of two hundred and fifty embryonic rocket-plane engineers was just passing the eleven hundred metre mark on Rack 3. A special mechanism kept their containers in constant rotation. “To improve their sense of balance,” Mr. Foster explained. “Doing repairs on the outside of a rocket in mid-air is a ticklish job. We slacken off the circulation when they’re right way up, so that they’re half starved, and double the flow of surrogate when they’re upside down. They learn to associate topsy-turvydom with weli-being; in fact, they’re only truly happy when they’re standing on their heads.” (Huxley p32)
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In this quote it tells how they are conditioned to be the same and also shows how the children’s individuality is taken in order to have a perfect society. With everyone having the same mind, same lifestyle, any difference is destroyed immediately. Huxley made a utopian society at the expense of individuality. And without individuality there are no room for growth and no new ideas. The world state can never improve. We, as human, desire to acquire knowledge, unceasingly and never endingly and this cannot be accomplished without individuality and truth.
In chapter three of On Liberty by John Stewart Mill he asserts,
“He who chooses his plan for himself employs all his faculties. He must use observation to see, reasoning and judgment to foresee, activity to gather materials for decision, discrimination to decide, and when he has decided, firmness and self-control to hold to his deliberate decision. And these qualities he requires and exercises exactly in proportion as the part of his conduct which he determines according to his own judgment and feelings is a large one.” [p. 117]
Individuality for Mill, therefore, consists in part in the readiness to make deliberate and considered choices between alternative beliefs and patterns of life, and in part in the direction and content of such choices. The right choice for each individual depends on the sort of person he is, and hence it varies from individual to individual. Each person should choose that pattern of life which develops to the fullest extent his potentialities, subject only to the condition that in so developing himself, he does not harm others, and so does not hamper their development. Mill does not go further to specify how one can discover what one’s potentialities are. He believes that freedom and variety of situations are the necessary conditions for this discovery.
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Becoming a good individual can help a person to succeed and make a change in this world. Take a look at some of the greatest scientists for example. Sir Isaac Newton was the first to prove that white light was made up of colors mixed together, and a prism could separate them. He did this by making a narrow beam of sun light pass through a prism kept in a darkened room, the light that emerged from the prism was split in to seven colors. He was the first person to understand the rainbow and explain its formation. They have made some major advances in technology. Newton was constantly trying to understand and explain a wide variety of scientific phenomena. When an apple fell on his head, it was then that Newton realized that the apple fell towards the Earth, and did not go anywhere else. All objects he noticed always fall towards Earth’s center. He realized that like the Earth, every object in the universe attracts every other object towards it — probably in proportion to its mass and inversely proportional to the distance between them, actually the square of the distance. Arguing like this, Newton formulated the Law of Universal Gravitation. That proves that individuals set their goals, work hard and push towards success, which are all very important aspects of a great individual. For people to become successful requires them not to be sluggish, and to make good choices and reach towards their goals. This is exactly why there are so little successful people comparing to the number of people all together. Most individuals like to rely on someone else and do as little work as possible. This never works. People have to think very hard, correct their own mistakes and learn from them in order to accomplish something. The only way they will become successful and make a change is when they are going to build their individuality by making themselves do the right things and work hard to accomplish their goals.
Having good individuality will also help in the person’s social life. Nobody wants to deal with a fool. It is very important for a person to be educated when applying for a high-class job; otherwise they will not get highbred. Even when applying for a not so fancy job, you have to make a good impression of yourself and prove that you can do the job right. Also a person has to be polite and understand other people. A person has to gain respect by proving what they can do. All of these things are a part of being a good individual. Once you know that you are considered a good individual, it will make you feel good about yourself and you will be grateful to yourself for becoming that individual.
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Becoming a good individual is not easy. A person has to think for themselves and work hard to be successful and respected. Surviving in the world, succeeding, being understood and recognized by people is proof that a person made himself or herself a good individual. The insignificant little spec that everyone is at some point in life can become a great success or stay the same forever. It all depends on the person and the will to improve them.
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