Individualism In America

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“America was born out of a desire for self-determination, a longing for the human dignity that only independence can bring.” Maurice Saatchi may be British, but his quote about America exemplifies what the country stands for. America is not an Anthem society because we value individualism, not collectivism. We are free to express ourselves, no matter what we think. We are free to learn what we want. We are free to live for ourselves and be who we want. In America we can express our opinions through books, songs, and more. From Bill O’Reilly’s conservative narratives to Kacey Musgraves country anthem, “Follow Your Arrow” about following your heart, kissing whomever you want to kiss -- no matter their gender, and smoking weed. Things are not…show more content…
We get to chose our jobs, who we get married to, and there are no laws stopping us. But in Anthem they don 't get to chose these things. Their job is chosen for them by the Council of Vocations. In front of everyone, the government announces what the citizens will do for the rest of their life. The government also chooses the people 's partners. If, like Prometheus, someone has feelings for someone else, they have committed a Transgression of Preference. Here we can chose who we want to get married to, no matter their gender identity. You can choose from hundreds of majors in college and you can chose what job you want. You can be a neurosurgeon or you can be a makeup artist, you can be a politician or you can be an artist. You decide what is best for you, not other people. We don 't have to life for anyone but ourselves, but we can chose to bring a significant other or children into our lives. While America isn 't perfect, it give us the means to be who we want to be. America is not an Anthem society because we value individualism, not collectivism. We are free to express ourselves, no matter what we think. We are free to learn what we want. We are free to live for ourselves and be who we want. With our self-determination and independence, we do what we do best, be
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