Individuality In Family

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A person must have a familial bond along with a sense of individuality in order to be a fully formed, independent human who contributes to society. Yearning to belong to a group is innate to human beings. Family encourages people to work toward a common goal. This is why family continues to play such a important role in modern society. As the traditional idea of the nuclear family has faded over the last couple decades, many are finding family not in people they are related to, but rather people they connect with on a emotional level. Regardless of this, a parent-child type bond is important even if the participants in that relationship do not share a lineal connection: “The parent-child relationship is arguably the most important of all family…show more content…
Individuality is often criticized as the cause of increased selfishness and declining moral values in modern society. While this may be true in some cases, individuality actually enables people to create their own thoughts and use these thoughts to create new ideas and innovations, “Individualism has fueled invention, the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, and all the enterprise that has led to…affordable housing, abundant food, and the mobility brought by bicycles, cars, trains and planes. None of this was possible…before people were allowed and encouraged to create, and allowed to keep some of the wealth that they generated” (Kohl). In the novel Brave New World, citizens of the World State do not view themselves as individuals. They are conditioned to view themselves as part of their birth-assigned caste: “I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas” (Huxley 27). The use of the word “we” shows this person views them self as part of Beta family, but not as a individual. The World State does not want people to behave as individuals because they do not want the citizens to have new ideas and thoughts that could could expose the flaws of society. This is also why the World State bans religion since it encourages individuality, “The origin of individuality was religious, and although often ignored or glossed over, in time the idea of human dignity adhering even to the lowest of the low, transformed society from a place of brutality to one in which the relief of suffering has assumed high priority” (Kohl). Due to the fact that religion supports individuality, it also emphasizes that people are equal to one another. This is not an idea that World State supports: “‘The surrogate goes round slower; therefore passes through
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