Individualism is another fundamental component of liberal ideology. It is based on the following five key (and highly incorrect) statements:
- All human beings are fundamentally (intrinsically) good
- To be genuinely happy, an individual must be free (i.e., have the right and the ability) to satisfy all one’s wants and desires
- The government (the state), the society and the nation must serve the individual (i.e. make him or her free to satisfy his/her wants and desires), not the other way around – and should not interfere into one’s life
- The wants and desires of an individual are more important than the common good (needs of the community, the society, the state, the nation, etc.)
- It is possible to create the “ideal” political, economic, government and social system that will satisfy the wants and desires of all citizens (constituents) of the country/nation in question
As I have already stated, all these statements are fundamentally and grossly incorrect. First, although every human being (even the worst serial killer or mass murderer) does have some goodness in him or her, for the most part one’s thoughts, decisions and actions are driven by at least one or (usually) more of the eight cardinal sins: pride, greed, lust, gluttony, envy, wrath, sloth and fear.
If left unhindered, these (actually mortal) sins would not only make an individual very unhappy (to put it mildly), but will in a very short time destroy his or her sanity, personality, health (mental and physical) and his/her very life.
Even worse, these sins will severely damage (and subsequently destroy) his or her neighbors, society, nation, country and the whole human civilization as we know it. In other words, transform it into a very real Hell on Earth.
To prevent his total and completely disaster, the government (the state) MUST actively interfere (more psychologically than judicially) in the lives of individuals, suppressing the eight deadly sins and supporting the salvific virtues.
Contrary to a very popular misconception, one CAN NOT achieve genuine happiness by satisfying one’s wants and desires. For two fundamental reasons: (1) wants and desires are fundamentally unlimited so it is simply impossible to satisfy them all; and (2) wants and desires have very low spiritual value – and to be genuinely happy, one has to receive a certain “critical mass” of spiritual value.
One can achieve genuine happiness (and a human life has but one objective – happiness) only by satisfying one’s genuine aggregate needs – financial, functional, emotional and spiritual.
The fundamental problem is that the overwhelming majority of human beings lack (1) the capability to identify one’s aggregate needs; and (2) the required desire, determination, discipline, dare and faith to satisfy these genuine needs.
Consequently, the society and the government (“the state”) absolutely MUST NOT serve their citizens (constituents) by making the latter free to satisfy their wants and desires (which is not possible anyway).
They must serve their citizens (constituents) by (1) helping the latter identify their genuine aggregate needs; and (2) providing them with sufficient stimuli to create sufficient desire, determination, discipline, dare and faith to satisfy these needs. And, of course, with the necessary knowledge and skills as well.
It is simply a human nature that (unlike genuine needs) the wants and desires of an individual are unlimited; consequently, an attempt to satisfy them will inevitably lead to the society, nation and country being torn apart. Which will inevitably lead to collapse of all of the above, chaos… and to very genuine Hell on Earth.
In addition, one can be genuinely happy only by serving something greater and higher than oneself – one’s community, state, nation (people), country, race, etc. (in Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs it is called self-transcendence).
Consequently, the needs of the community, state, nation (people) and the country are fundamentally more important than the wants and desires of any individual (i.e. any citizen/constituent). In fact, serving one’s community, state, nation (people), country, race, etc. is a fundamental human need and one of the key prerequisites of genuine happiness.
And, of course, as human wants and desires are unlimited, it is simply not possibly to satisfy wants and desires of even one individual, let alone of the whole population.
Consequently, it is impossible to create the “ideal” political, economic, government and social system that will satisfy the wants and desires of all citizens (constituents) of the country/nation in question.
However, it is entirely possible (and vital) to build the system that will satisfy the genuine aggregate NEEDS of all its constituents (citizens) – financial, functional, emotional and spiritual. Especially spiritual.