Individualist and Collectivist are statements of a person’s cultural background. They may choose differently but the influence of their upbringing reflects on how they view themselves and their fellow humans and their roles in such.

Individualist and Collectivist are statements of a person’s cultural background. They may choose differently but the influence of their upbringing reflects on how they view themselves and their fellow humans and their roles in such.

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They’re not just beliefs though  They’re implicit – they come with the upbringing. If you are raised in China for example, you will have a collectivist background, so even if you choose an individualist philosophy for yourself, it will be through the implicit lens of a collectivist outloook. Likewise for people raised in individualist societies. They may choose a collectivist philosophy but they cannot fully adopt it entirely because of their upbringing. [because they can “unchoose it” at any time]

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Seven is correct. Your formulation of collectivist/indiivdualist  is incorrect because it is based upon an assumption of individual choice.

“I choose”
“I believe”.

These are based upon an individualist assumption.

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I can’t be a collectivist no matter how much I wish it, read about it, dream about it.

I can pretend. I can intellectually assent to collectiivsm. But it’ll always be from an individualist basis.

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Our implicits are difficult to uproot though. They may not be in-born but they are determined by the — oh you said it. Pre-existing collective.

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I’d say you’re an individualist  who has adopted a gaia outlook. Related to complexity theory, ecological philosophy, systems thinking.

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Count the “I”‘s in your comments. You have adopted an ecology philosophy but it’s clear you were raised in an individualistic society.

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But if you can’t IMAGINE not paying taxes, then you are a collectivist.

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Of course you can chose to not pay taxes. You can avoid jail. Or you can choose to go to jail because it’s free room and board. MANY many options are available to an individualist.

But to a collectivist-mindset, such thinking isn’t possible.

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Is language individualist or collectivist?

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Common definitions of terms utilized in dictionaries: individualist or collectivist?

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