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a belief that emphasizes the moral worth of the individual and that the human individual worth should be prioritized about communal, religious, etc. priorities

Source: "Being Different in the Vacation Rental Space - Marketing Travel." Marketing Travel. N.p., 08 July 2014. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.
Source: Nofs, John. "Individualism." Buried Light Photography. Word Press, 29 Feb. 2012. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.

Born This Way

The song "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga epitomizes the beliefs of individualism by justifying every single person's unique personalities in the lyrics. (1:00-1:15)

Television Character

John Keating from Dead Poet's Society exemplifies individualism when he teaches to his students to be aware of conformity and to embrace being unique.

Compare and Contrast

• What is prime reality?
Catholicism: God and God's love that sustains life around us.
Individualism:Valuing yourself and the self worth of an individual.
• What is the nature of external reality?
Catholicism: The ongoing development of God's creation.
Individualism: Besides valuing one's own self, to look at people for their own individual and unique characteristics, not by presumptions.
• What is a human being?
Catholicism: Unified in both spiritual and material dimensions, enabling thought, the choice making, and the ability to love.
Individualism: Made up of one's personal values, beliefs, actions, goals, etc., regardless of presumptions or stereotypes of being in a certain group (gender, age, ethnicity, religion, family line, etc.).
• What personal, life-orienting core commitments are consistent with this worldview?
Catholicism: God's unconditional love has created humans and everything in existence—to love and to be loved.
Individualism: Do not judge a person before knowing him or her personally. Just as you want to be judged for who you are and not for what people think you are, you should do the same and allow others to let themselves speak for who they are, not the presumptions or stereotypes. Let yourself be known and reveal the thoughts and values that make you you; likewise, let others do the same.

Bible Passage

The Pardon of the Sinful Woman: Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (Lk 7:44-47)

Jesus is embracing individualism by not judging the fact that she is different in the way that she is excluded from society. Her actions to others may seem like an expensive waste, but he appreciates how she is different from the rest of society and applauses her individuality (and of course preparing for Jesus's death).

Works Cited

"Being Different in the Vacation Rental Space - Marketing Travel."Marketing Travel. N.p., 08 July 2014. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.

Deakins, Alan. "Untitled." By Alan Deakins / 500px. N.p., 6 Sept. 2009. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.

Nederman, Cary J. "Individualism." New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz. Vol. 3. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 1113-1117. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.

Nofs, John. "Individualism." Buried Light Photography. Word Press, 29 Feb. 2012. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.

"The Individualism Worldview." Center for Individualism. N.p., 02 Apr. 2013. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.


Now that you have learned about individualism more in depth, do you think it's more important to prioritize the individual above the community? Why or Why not?

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