The succession of interrelated Human Agency
Originally published by Illumination on Medium
The human being is the living thing of all convolutions. We are all born as soul being. Still, we hold that inherent tendency of falling back in our collective conscience, searching for those set of shared beliefs, notions, and moralistic stances that unify us within the core of our societies. Then, habitually, we gradually trust our comfort zone and expand that society vaster, hoping that our fellow social mates will do the same. The collective approach is theoretically convenient; however, it carries inevitable downfalls. That is why in real life, not infrequently, we witness the paradox of such intention.
Collective consciousness or awareness, In general, does not necessarily apply to a particular moral scruple. Instead, it pertains to a common belief within societies. Many sociologists have identified various forms of what defines “Collective Consciousness” in up-to-the-minute communities. Within their findings, they have applied the concluding phrase to any notion from solidarity stands- to extreme deeds like group-think, herd behavior, or collectively shared experiences during collective rituals and dance parties.
Instead of existing as separate selves within the collective ecosystem, people appear as progressive groups to share support and knowledge. It has also happened to recite how a whole community grows together to share the same values. Often thought of as termed “hive mind,” “group mind,” “mass mind,” or “social mind.”
A collective society comprises various cooperative groups, such as the family, community, organizations, regions, nations. It possesses agential capabilities to think, judge, decide, act, reform on everyone’s behalf, conceptualize self-identity and others as well as self’s actions and interactions, and finally, reflect.
“Collectivism, Collective Conscience, Federalism, Globalism, and Universalism may seem convenient and efficient for circumstances such as small communities and limited individual expectations.”
Individual Tendency to Follow the Crowed
Although every individual is unique and has an inherent desire to stay independent, he conveniently strives to build, join, or follow a crowd similar to their particular trait.
Not surprisingly enough, generally we favor liking people similar to us, because of having something in common. Nevertheless, there is a discrepancy between really having a lot in common with someone and merely assuming that we have a lot in common. These two forms of associations are unquestionably related, although they do not precisely and invariably apply to the same circumstance. Frequently, they can be used interchangeably by someone or entity to convince you that you have a lot in common with another person or a group to take on the action or belief. The latter is a dangerously slippery slope. For instance, only because an entire country speaks the same language and watches the same national news does not necessarily mean everyone holds equal value. In such a scenario, you might initially believe you’ll have a lot in common with a person you don’t know well enough, only to find out that you’re not literally on the same wavelength once you get to know each other. This phenomenon, or as I call it, individuals’ weakness, is that we tend to like people similar to us, something if left unaddressed can smoothly progress to Ethnocentrism, Fascism, and even Racism.
But, at the same time, Human Beings tend to follow the Crowed.
We are all social beings; thus, most of us interact with others daily, consuming large portions of our wakeful person-hours in some form of communication. In the natural biosphere, we do not have much control over our cognition and behavior as we deem. Unconscious or not, We all take suggestions from our environment, especially other people, to behave. The latter is the fundament of polarization, the creation of factions, and diverse communities.
In group polarization, like-minded people augment each other’s perspectives and strengthen each person's opinions in the crowd. Based on the latter notion, then comes; it must be good for me too if other people do it! We see too often in the media to anything from Fashion, Politics, Healthcare, and more.
There is a heuristic or trial and error method in human nature that determines what to do, think, say, and buy as the principle of social reasoning. To learn what is correct, we tend to look at what other people are doing or what politicians are assuming to follow. That is another slippery slope for human beings skidding away from autonomy.
People from highly collectivist cultures, such as China and middle eastern countries, think of themselves as profoundly related to other people in their lives. That contrasts to countries like the United States, where historically adhere to a strong sense of individuality. However, with the increasing immigration from collectivist societies into the united states, the true meaning of Individualism is becoming more than ever vague.
While collectivist culture is undoubtedly a sophisticated space, it does appear that social neuroscience will improve the insight of the degree to which the context can mold cognitive functions.
Ethnocentrism is Self-Centered and often even Narcissist.
There are many similarities between Narcissism and Ethnocentrism. As merely an exciting coincidence, some researchers are now investigating the concept that Narcissism and Ethnocentrism are similar. Still, personal narcissism plays a vital role in determining the likelihood of subscribing to ethnocentric belief conformity.
It appears that, although distinct, the two constructs share many characteristics. It is evident; their relationship is neither merely analogous nor mutually exclusive. Narcissists, by trait, put their interest before the gain of their groups. But they also set the interests of their group over the interests of other groups.
Collectivism is a Prerequisite to Fascism
Collectivism is merely referent to one of several forms of social arrangements in which the individual is recognized only as being subservient to a social collectivity such as a state, a nation, a race, or a social class. Collectivism driven by collective conscience- is in contrast with Individualism, in which the rights and interests of the individual are maintained.
Collectivism has gained diverse expression lines in the 20th-century through movements such as socialism, communism, and fascism.
The most trivial collectivist of those is the “social democracy,” which endeavors to subdue the inequities of unshackled capitalism via government regulation, redistribution of income, and varying degrees of planning and public ownership. In communist systems, collectivism is carried to its furthest extreme, with a minimum of individual control and a preponderance of the planned economy.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French Philosopher and author of “Du Contrat social, of 1762,” Stated once:
“The individual finds his true being and freedom only in submission to the “general will” of the community.”