The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.
I’m a highly flawed individual, as we all are, and because I was raised by Jesuits, I’m constantly, ‘What is it about me and what I can do to be better?’
The Games were created for the glorification of the individual champion.
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving – as if it were an individual person – its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.
At the solemn moment of death, every man, even when death is sudden, sees the whole of his past life marshalled before him, in its minutest details. For one short instant the personal becomes one with the individual and all-knowing ego. But this instant is enough to show to him the whole chain of causes which have been at work during his life.
In a market economy, however, the individual has some possibility of escaping from the power of the state.
The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself.
The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.