From Individualism to Interdependence

We affirm the irreducible worth of every human being. In line with the creation account, we also affirm that individuality is best fulfilled in community.

However, Western culture’s focus upon individual rights and freedoms has confused means and ends so that instead of benefitting a community, individuality becomes a self-centred fixation rather than other-centred outlook.

Therefore, interdependent relationships should be espoused as more valuable than the ‘freedoms’ of individualism. This could be encouraged by teaching (e.g. in schools) the skills to form and sustain relationships conducive to interdependence in families, friendship groups and neighbourhoods.

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