173. It is all about the journey, not the destination

I just had an interesting conversation with a friend. He does not want to be another rat on the spinning wheel, working all his life for a salary to be left old, decrepit and with a disappointing pension. He needs to find a way to escape this most common of traps. This dissatisfaction with his lot, he sees as unique and personal, not shared by others. This is fascinating, as most share it. The individualism pervasive to modern Western society and beaten into us from an early age prevents us from seeing our problems as common and from searching for collective solutions. Every individual is trying to individually solve the same problem and thus succeeding only occasionally and only through the failure of others. This is the great success of our system, making social problems appear individual and therefore blinding individuals to collective solutions. The system thus survives unscathed whilst the individuals it is made of, and it should serve, fail in their efforts to change their lot 

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