“Indvidual” is a science-made word denoting an object-like, statistical idea. The proper term for a human being is “self” or “person”.
Jacques Barzun Science: the Glorious Entertainment, (Secker & Warburg, 1964), note on p. 197. Barzun died this month at the age of 104, after a distinguished career at Columbia.
Not sure I’d like to limit myself to being an “object-like, statistical idea”, and yet, to be an individual is the highest good in our society. All the better for being poured into the statistical manipulations required by post-modern corporatist capitalism?