Discussion: Individualism and Community

Around the time of the 16th century, a rise in the concept of the individual began.  Out of this shift in thinking arose movements such as the Protestant Reformation and the Age of Enlightenment.

Contrast that with Eastern cultures such as Japan in which decisions are made primarily regarding the group/community and sometimes the individual is completely overlooked.

What is the ideal mentality?  What have we to gain from an increase in community focus?  What have we to lose by focusing less on the individual?  And lastly, how does this tie into our spirituality?

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  • mountainsidegal3

    two comments made by a friend last night when I was discussing our discussion with him online......."shameless selfishness is not quite the same as individualism" and "conformity is neither the same as community"........sure makes me wish he was in town more often so he could attend these discussions.....I think he'd be a definite contributor

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fascinating! I will get off work at 6, so I will be late, but try to attend this one. I was a philosophy major/history minor in college, and do love topics such as this:)

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too much running around today with a sick dog. I'll catch another Open Table soon.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it tonight. I wanted to come to my first Open Table tonight but a sick dog has me running to vets today and.. well... Hope you all have a great discussion.

    July 8, 2013

  • Bruce T.

    I will try to be there.

    July 7, 2013

  • Cynthia S.

    Really sorry to miss seeing and hearing from you all again this time, but my niece and her young family will be in town on their way to moving to Chile for the dad to work in the wind-energy industry. I look forward to reconnecting in two weeks. ~ Cynthia

    July 7, 2013

  • Jeremy M

    I just updated the topic/discussion for next Monday. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

    July 2, 2013

  • David D.

    I'm in Franklin at the Scottish Tartan Museum on Monday.I should be able to get back in time, so count me in.

    July 2, 2013

  • Dennis R. M. T.

    I may be there....Lord willin'!

    July 1, 2013

  • David D.

    Look forward to another gathering. I'll be in Franklin at the Scottish Tartan Museum that afternoon, but should be able to get back in time for the the 'meet up". Cheers..!

    June 30, 2013

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