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                        The Importance of the Individual

   "I think once we realize this is the number one Importance of any great Society, then , Only can we begin to Form a great Society "

                                                     " We say the Individual is important, yet we are not showing it "


                            Most likely this is " Complex " and requires forming of " Priorities " at a Higher level of group.


                                 One the basic Tenets of " Beyond Chiefdom " , is the Importance of the Individual.

" Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi

                     I think what we greatly have forgotten is what has to come before the above statement of Vince Lombardi ;

                                                             " Group commitment to the individual "

                                  If the Individual is not Nurtured and is Raised improperly, what good can they be to the Group ?

                                        Can we keep treating the Individual , like playing " Dice ", and expect good results ?

                                                        Question is, how to Change, and the Priority a Society will give it,

                                                                                    And to what Degree ?

                                                            


                                     " All Ideologies start with One Individual "

   An ideology is a set of normative beliefs and values that a person or other entity has for non-epistemic reasons

                                                                                                                                                                                    - Wikipedia 

                                                                                                I'd like to know what this other - entity is ?

Ideology is the lens through which a person views the world. Within the field of sociology, ideology is broadly understood to refer to the sum total of a person's values, beliefs, assumptions, and expectations. Ideology exists within society, within groups, and between people. It shapes our thoughts, actions, and interactions, along with what happens in society at large.

                         I agree is a great " idea ", yet has to be " that " 


Failure of civil society and political decay

In 2014, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of the original essay, "The End of History?", Fukuyama wrote a column in The Wall Street Journal again updating his hypothesis. He wrote that, while liberal democracy still had no real competition from more authoritarian systems of government "in the realm of ideas", nevertheless he was less idealistic than he had been "during the heady days of 1989." Fukuyama noted the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and the Arab Spring, both of which seemed to have failed in their pro-democracy goals, as well as the "backsliding" of democracy in countries including Thailand, Turkey and Nicaragua. He stated that the biggest problem for the democratically elected governments in some countries was not ideological but "their failure to provide the substance of what people want from government: personal security, shared economic growth and the basic public services... that are needed to achieve individual opportunity." Though he believed that economic growth, improved government and civic institutions all reinforced one another, he wrote that it was not inevitable that "all countries will... get on that escalator."


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  All the" The Allegory of the Cave " is , is " Changing of a Ideology "

                                                                                  " by a individual "

                                                      "Freedom From Chains" 

Socrates then describes the difficulties a prisoner might have adapting to being freed. When he sees that there are solid objects in the cave, not just shadows, he is confused. The Instructor/can tell him that what he saw before was an illusion, but at first, he'll assume his shadow life was the reality.

Eventually, he will be dragged out into the sun, be painfully dazzled by the brightness, and stunned by the beauty of the moon and the stars. Once he becomes accustomed to the light, he will pity the people in the cave and want to stay above and apart from them, but think of them and his own past no longer. The new arrivals will choose to remain in the light, but, says Socrates, they must not. Because for true enlightenment, to understand and apply what is goodness and justice, they must descend back into the darkness, join the men chained to the wall, and share that knowledge with them.


   The Instructor / A Person one in the same                Individuals                             A Prisoner / A Person  one in the same

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                                              "How does society corrupt individuals"

" Religion segregates people into clusters of believers and non-believers, making human unity and peace nearly impossible. It teaches people that those who disagree with them on a variety of life’s issues are perceptively evil and unworthy of their friendship, or even of their humanity "


        It is the Duty of a Religion, to not to do the above, and in the United States to highly respect " Separation of church and state "


                                                      By not doing this, it reveals the the inability to self-govern.


Protecting the People ( individual ) 

Thus, the separation of church and state ensures that private citizens, when acting in the role of some government official, cannot have any aspect of their private religious beliefs imposed upon others. School teachers cannot promote their religion to other people’s children, for example by deciding what sort of Bible will be read in class. Local officials cannot require certain religious practices on the part of government employees, for example by hosting specific, approved prayers. Government leaders cannot make members of other religions feel like they are unwanted or are second-class citizens by using their position to promote particular religious doctrines.

The separation of church and state is a key constitutional liberty which protects the American public from tyranny. It protects all people from the religious tyranny of any one religious group or tradition and it protects all people from a government intent on tyrannizing some or any religious groups.


                                          This of which has been going on in the United States my entire life ;
                                                                  " religious tyranny by Christianity "

                                                                        Simple due to Majority rule

                                                   Thus no Individual or Group should have majority rule

                   For example; I am not sure of the people behind " Prayer in school ",

           But it shows great disrespect for Our Country, and all individuals with other beliefs 


McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky, 545 U.S. 844 (2005), was a case argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on March 2, 2005

." Indeed, anytime the government "acts with the ostensible and predominant purpose of advancing religion," or "to favor one religion over another,"  →  that advancement violates the Establishment Clause.

                         I would highly recommend Religions get a grip on their ways,
                                        or they will cause more and more harm.
                                                         to themselves and society 
                          And like every individual with sound mind, they can Change !

                And all Religions are is a group of people following a common Ideology
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Historically,  Christianity has been based on Fear

While today there are liberal clergy who preach a gospel of love, they ignore the bulk of Christian teachings, not to mention the bulk of Christian history. Throughout almost its entire time on Earth, the motor driving Christianity has been—in addition to the fear of death—fear of the devil and fear of hell. One can only imagine how potent these threats seemed prior to the rise of science and rational thinking, which have largely robbed these bogeys of their power to inspire terror. But even today, the existence of the devil and hell are cardinal doctrinal tenets of almost all Christian creeds, and many fundamentalist preachers still openly resort to terrorizing their followers with lurid, sadistic portraits of the suffering of nonbelievers after death. This is not an attempt to convince through logic and reason; it is not an attempt to appeal to the better nature of individuals; rather, it is an attempt to whip the flock into line through threats, through appeals to a base part of human nature—fear and cowardice. - 

20 Reasons to Abandon Christianity

by Chaz Bufe

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             I think people need Religion , just it needs to adapt and change, below is a Wonderful example of change

  If One watchs the video, one can see the Bible is a very powerful entity, and if taken ,taught out off Context, can be very harmful, 

  Just as it talks of sodomy which is my belief, way of life as a Female-roled male, they talk of the gang rape of two individuals, 

  where I have enjoyed the Attention of groups of men at same encounter, yet in a very selective, safe as possible way, ritual like           and as ethical / moral as possible. The Content / Context completely different then what bible talks of in Context of video, not that I     expect other to like what I do , anymore then myself needing to like what Christians do, Yet I don't go around condemning individual
  Christians, This wouldn't be happening if Christians where a marginalized minority like " Transsexual people " are.

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    I don't think this will be Good, and is the reason Christianity needs to Quickly adapt.

                                                                      or

        more importantly what type of Community group organization will replace the

                                                                 church,

                  as we need something of the type to unify Society in a Spiritual way -my opinion


                                        And it's most likely Religions will rapidly lose followers

                             if for no other reason then the non ability to govern oneself .

                                              and Lead in a realistic , responsible way.


One must remember the internet , has gave the ability for the Individual to see for themselves many Truths of Reality, a ability never Known in human history like never before



The demographic future of Christianity looks very bleak, as far more Millennials either have no faith, or abandon what they were given:

As the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated continue to grow, they also describe themselves in increasingly secular terms. In 2007, 25% of the “nones” called themselves atheists or agnostics; 39% identified their religion as “nothing in particular” and also said that religion is “not too” or “not at all” important in their lives; and 36% identified their religion as “nothing in particular” while nevertheless saying that religion is either “very important” or “somewhat important” in their lives. The new survey finds that the atheist and agnostic share of the “nones” has grown to 31%. Those identifying as “nothing in particular” and describing religion as unimportant in their lives continue to account for 39% of all “nones.” But the share identifying as “nothing in particular” while also affirming that religion is either “very” or “somewhat” important to them has fallen to 30% of all “nones.”


Seeing this Pew survey, friend who works at a senior level in church administration writes that church bureaucrats are completely out of sync with Christianity as it’s being lived in the trenches. He says in his church, they are “15 years behind the times” in their planning and strategizing.

Look at those numbers. We are staring at the face of a European-style collapse within a couple of generations. If you think the children being born now to religiously observant Millennial parents are, on the whole, going to be more pious than their parents’ generation, you are whistling past the graveyard. Once this decline gets going, it’s very hard to stop.

Again and again: these are not normal times. We can’t be about business as usual. The future of Christianity in America will be Benedictine — as in Benedict Option — or it won’t be at all.- Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative


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