By Àngela (Valencia), Be Green 2020.
When I arrived to the community of Camping le Belvédère I was so much more individualist that I’m now, just 4 months later. There I discovered how much better it feels to share my life, opinions, actions, ideas, motivations and also the bad moments.
I’m more critical now with the individualistic way that the society acts.
I have found some interesting articles: the first talks about the community living, the benefits and some issues that can appear. The second one talks about the hyperindividualism (and how it affects to America in concrete).
It may be interesting and helpful to start to identifying actions related to this hyperindividualism that we didn’t realize about:
An other article I found talks about how we arrived to this hyperindividualism. I have to confess that I don’t agree completly with some things but it’s very interesting to read and start questioning ourselves.
It says that one of the triggers of the hyperindividualism we have was the hippie movement and the punk rebelion. The first makes us look deep in ourselves to discover what we really want and need. The second one pushes us to think we should do whatever we want.
I don’t really agree with it because I think to live in a community, share and search for connections and bigger projects in common, it’s not necessarily opposite to looking deep in ourselves. And the same when following the punk principle, which states that your freedom ends when the freedom of the other starts, so it’s not doing whatever you want.
Other interesting thing that it says is that we are afraid to lose our identity and for this reason we don’t let ourselves be part of something bigger. And how this fear and egocentrism don’t let the world to be transformed.
The article is in spanish, but I encourage you to read it maybe by translating it: https://pijamasurf.com/2017/12/que_es_el_individualismo_y_como_impide_la_transformacion_colectiva_de_la_humanidad/
As a conclusion I would like to share an idea that went in my mind when reading the book Pensamiento Monógamo, Terror Poliamoroso from Brigitte Vasallo. She says what we need are affectives networks, and to break the monogamic system that’s connected and hold by the capitalism.
So the idea of the affectives networks for me is like living in a community, but keeping in mind that we don’t need even to share the living spaces with this people, but we should have the community sense. This topic goes really deeper on the book and it’s connected with the way that we establish relationships but I took this idea from there.
Anyway, I encourage you to read and research more about this topics, but to also ask yourself how do you want to approach and connect to the others.