Individualism is built on the ideal that each person is has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Each individual is free to define their goals and then that person is responsible for their achievement based on the efforts and resourcefulness. Collectivism is just the opposite of individualism. Marx and the progressives advocate that all should strive to fulfill their potential, but each person will be rewarded because they exist and not because they achieve.
Those who advocate individualism have been called greedy and mean. Those who advocate collectivism have been called compassionate. Collectivism is taking from one and giving to another. Collectivism has throughout history destroyed societies due to lack of economic growth, morals, and individual pride. We are witnessing the results of collectivism in Venezuela today.
Individualism was at one taught in our schools and on our playgrounds to our children. Political correctness, which is a major part of collectivism, has replaced that concept of being rewarded for effort and achievement to being rewarded for merely existing. The progressive or Marxist thought behind this movement is that all children should be rewarded for just participating because it builds self-esteem.
Finally we have an open and honest father react to this nonsense. Self-esteem is built by achieving in any field, be it sports, academics, or the arts. Here is one father in the sporting world who recognizes this concept and does not want his children to think they deserve recognition just for existing. All parents who truly love and want the best for their children should follow this example.
This is what James Harrison, a professional football player, said when he learned his boys had received a trophy for just appearing and not excelling.
“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies!” Harrison wrote. “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy.”
Harrison understands the difference between individualism and collectivism.