The rights of the group are more important than the individual
You can’t have a society without a group of people. As groups become larger and more diverse, they become socially more complex. Maintaining civil order, security, safety and liberty for all members of the society requires rules, traditions and other social controls for the benefit of all.
We understand that people need individual rights and protections, sometimes from the group itself. Nevertheless, the group’s needs trump those of the individual, especially when there are many lives at stake.
For the most part, this has been accepted and is codified in our laws and in our government. Mass surveillance has become commonplace and accepted by the majority, as the trade-off that comes with maintaining security over personal privacy.
Within the last few decades, we’ve seen a rise in individual liberties and a pre-occupation with the self in pursuit of happiness. This has eroded some group structures (like the nuclear family). It has also led to an increase in narcissism, which has longterm health affects. Tools and information that empower the individual also have adverse affects on society. For example, the more choice that is available, the more confused, depressed and disillusioned people become as a result (The Paradox of Choice).
At the end of the day, social order breaks down when the individual is prioritised. The rights of the group are more important than those of the individual.
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