I read these words by John A Sandford:
“As long as a person is identical with a group consciousness, she/he follows the easiest road, inclining himself/herself to those instincts, attitudes, and mass movements which is the easiest way to follow at the time. When any individual sets herself/himself against the group consciousness, he/she begins to swim up the stream instead of down. She/he suffers the pain and difficulty of becoming a conscious person, no longer able to hide from her/his anxiety in a mass identity.”
Wonderfully insightful. But let me add a dimension which has to go hand in hand with this journey in to individual identity. We suffer the pain and difficulty of becoming a conscious person with unique identity, not to break away in a destructive form of rugged individualism, but to be able to contribute uniquely to the collective life in which we find ourselves. We separate in order to truly connect and contribute. These two dimensions must always dance together.