3 Minute Theologian

Words about God and Life for the Attention Deficit Generation

Contra Individualism

“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?

1 Comment

  1. In 1964, in his book “Science: The Glorious Entertainment,” Mr. Barzun offered ironic praise for science’s “all-pervasive energy.”

    “It is,” he wrote, “at once a mode of thought, a source of strong emotion and faith as fanatical as any in history.”

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