Our individual actions matter collectively.

Posted on January 13, 2020

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There persists an argument in the debate over global problems how our individual actions can truly make a difference. In short, they don’t, so the argument goes. What is really needed is collective action, which communicates that my individual actions are irrelevant.

This dichotomy does not reflect reality.

Our individual actions by themselves don’t make a difference, but our individual actions are never by themselves. We also often discount the wider influence our actions have in our relational spheres, spurring other individuals to also act. And, fundamentally, any collective is a conglomeration of many individuals.

And so, we must embrace a new philosophy, one that does not see our individuality as a distinctly other thing from our collective action. We must begin to see that our individual actions are the collective. And, those actions matter, collectively.

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