William Thien

An Observation about “The Collective”

Posted on: June 24, 2011

WARNING! Abstractions follow.

One of the themes you will see running through this blog are observations about “the collective.”

Recently, one of the observations I’ve had about the collective is that the collective is a coward. Now I’m not talking about “collective bargaining” by unions or class action law suits, I think you know that, I hope you do.

The collective is a coward because with all its great numbers, with its great social, economic, and political strength, it fears more than anything the individual, particularly the individual trying to assert his or her own, not collective, his or her own individuality, his or her own way of life, particularly without effecting anyone else. The collective can’t stand for that. The collective can’t stand for that because it undermines the collective’s position that only the collective knows how things should be done, only the collective knows how to run the government, and only the collective knows how you should live your life. Any variation on collective themes of existence and you can expect repercussions. Why, if the collective is the foremost authority on “everything?”

Because. Because the collective is a coward and it can’t accept deviation from the path of “the collective.” Because then you will know that the path of the collective isn’t the only true path out there. Then you will know that you have free will. And the collective is more than anything afraid of you finding out that you have free will.

The collective is afraid. The great, all-powerful collective is afraid, afraid of the individual. Or is it that the collective is a coward, a coward because the many fear the one.

Copyright 2011 William Thien

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