Individuality And The Common Good.

This is the Advaita approach to the “other”. I am named after this sage and had been taken to him as an infant to get his blessings.

The oneness of existence is the core of the Indian philosophy.

Unfortunately, human beings have gone astray in their thinking and we have landed up in the Tragedy Of The Commons.

I have no solutions to the problem and if and when I am asked, I refer them to Advaita philosophy.

This is my take on this week’s Friday 5 On 1 blog post topic. The other four bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Sanjana, Padmum and Shackman and Conrad.  This week’s topic was suggested by Conrad. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.

22 thoughts on “Individuality And The Common Good.”

  1. Again… The belief in “oneness of existence ” is questioned when the I takes importance over the us…this includes not just humanity but also all existence!
    Thanks Ramanananda!

  2. The two are very much opposed, aren’t they? Individuality suggests you’re only concerned with your own identity and your own interests, while the common good means awareness of how your actions affect others and whether you are helping them or harming them. The cult of individuality is rife nowadays and too many people are oblivious to the struggles and suffering of other people around them.

    1. Sadly, they don’t have to be mutually exclusive. There are societies where this does not happen and they collectively flourish. Bhutan readily comes to mind.

    1. Advaita is a philosophical system and there is no scope in it for the caste system. The Caste system of India is the corrupted version of the old guild system. Most Indians do not follow any philosophical pursuits but are concerned with religious practices as have come down from their forefathers and there, the caste system has got entrenched. All systems coexist within the Indian way of life and culture.

  3. We have particularly seen this in the US I believe where pursuit of happiness is not about the commons but about the individual and what an experiment this has been as we see where their 17th century approach in a then tiny country has manifested itself into a gun culture like no other and health care for the wealthy only.

    You see you’ve opened up my thoughts in a different way Ramana.

    I am so happy I live in Canada.

    XO
    WWW

    1. The USA in many ways is an enigma and I would rather not comment on their culture. There are many advantages of living in sparsely populated countries like Canada and New Zealand without the baggage of many evils of the old ways.

  4. This is a very thoughtful post. The advaita philosophy is something I’m quite intrigued by and you’ve inspired me to look into it more deeply!

  5. I always see you as a worthy thinker on such topics and I do believe like you there are the possibilities of the two seeming poles not being in conflict, but at this stage of human development it is rare. Still, there are learning pathways to less egotistic self knowledge that advice the blend in what I hope is a growing number of people.

  6. Humans existed before religions.
    Universe existed long before humans.
    Oneness existed before all three existed.

    Just my thoughts.

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