Individualism is so ingrained in American culture that it almost becomes a religious ideal with a zeal that borders on fanaticism. In such a culture, it is not principles and morals that govern our action but merely the whims and desires of the individual.
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“We believe in the dignity, indeed the sacredness of the individual. Anything that would violate our right to think for ourselves, judge for ourselves, make our own decisions, live our lives as we see fit, is not only morally wrong but sacrilegious.”
(Taken from Robert N. Bellah et al., Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1985, p. 142. )
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