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The self versus the collective

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Shrouded by the collective, the individual is safe from accountability, so long as the collective is safe from the self-reflection to think as an individual.


16 Oct 2020
PREMIUM!
The self versus the collective

Mall of Africa security stand watch over the group of EFF members protest outside the Clicks store in the Mall, 7 September 2020, Midrand. The party has called for a total shutdown of all Clicks stores after a 'racist advert' was shared on social media. Picture: Jacques Nelles

As a person you mean nothing to those who believed in the greater good; but at the same time, you also mean nothing to those who pursue the cult of the individual to the exclusion of all else. I struggle to detect where individual needs end and collective good begins. So, I could never be a politician. “The great citizens of a country are not those who bend the knee before authority, but rather those who, against authority if need be, are adamant as to the honour and freedom of that country,” writes Albert Camus in his book Resistance, Rebellion,...

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