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Over the past decade or so, we have witnessed a total decline of the individual in favour of the collective.

Politics, health and work now all include some sort of collectivist mantra.  Sometimes these cross over, Venn diagram-like.  A previous employer of mine really took on board a health initiative for British businesses which was supported by an NHS-related group.  This had to do with health ‘interventions’.  It’s probably still knocking around, as it’s fairly recent. Every Friday, everyone received an email about that week’s intervention.  These were on the order of, ‘Instead of taking the lift, try walking up the stairs.  Everyone should have between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise a day.  Yet, many of us fail our targets, don’t we?’

It’s the use of the word ‘intervention’ which is creepy.  It’s a totalitarian word.  No one uses it unless they represent authority;  it’s a softer word for ‘sanction’ or ‘internment’.  And you can only have authority if you’re wielding it over acquiescent people.  Try telling true individuals what to do — if it’s an illiberal (in the classic sense of the word, not the political) edict, it’d be like herding cats.  

We are saturated with collective mantras: common good, Common Purpose, Big Society, rights, communities and so forth.  The only societies held up as appropriate models in the Western world are collective societies — whether as a tribe or as a faith. 

Gone are words such as freedom, liberty, civility, responsibility, valour, honour, ingenuity and individuality.  These are Christian ideals.  They shaped the West and brought hope to many other lands and nations around the world.

In the five-minute video below, Pat Condell, comic and comedy writer, tells atheists why they should stop targeting Christians.  Mr Condell is himself an atheist but says that, first and foremost, he loves freedom.  As do many Christians.  He warns against loving the collective:

Many atheists are gnostics. Maybe Mr Condell is beginning to realise this. Maybe not. They say they rely on hard evidence — science, government and experts — for everything, when really what they seek is a utopia.  Unlike Christians, they believe they have some special insider knowledge — gnosis — which enables them to live a superior life.  This is why we are getting so many public messages about collectivism, statism and climate change.  What atheists hate most is any denial of the three, because then they would have a hard time living with the reality that any of those might be flawed.

Maybe, in Mr Condell, we have a few more friends from unexpected quarters who are also committed to Christian ideals such as freedom and individuality.

Then again, maybe not.  He still supports mass immigration from various quarters, not all of which are conducive to British values.  Let’s be careful of whom we support.

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