A New Kind of Normal

Everything currently viewed as culture is only a product of the environment where certain clumps of humans reside. No matter where we live and no matter the daily influences in our lives, there is something that exists underneath all of that, which makes each and every one of us human. It is colloquially known as human nature. 

Human nature is the need to stay alive and the need to thrive. In this world, both are honored equally in the sense that there is a strong moral obligation to the "herd" as well as a strong moral obligation to one's self. These two obligations are what constitute success in life. Simply put, a successful life is born out of altruism and individualism. 

Altruism is the broadest sense of how you affect other people in the life given to you. It can mean everything from how you are as a parent to how you treat your friends to how you contribute to society. It can apply to how you hone your talents, to how you inspire people in this world, and how you leave the world after you die. 

In this world, no one person should be alone. Loneliness is the opposite of altruism and causing loneliness is the opposite of altruism. Humans can't survive on their own; there is a moral imperative to abolish loneliness. 

Individualism consists of action. It is not born out of things. It is not born out of what we have, but it is based on endeavors. This term again exists in a broad sense. This can cover the conventional arts such as drawing, music, theater, film, painting, and sculpture, but can also include activities such as game design, cooking, web design, archiving, curating, education, filmmaking, photography, coding, robotics, collecting, consuming, listening, protesting, redefining, debating, inventing, remembering, recording etc. The products of all these activities contribute to a collection of public goods, a public culture that is constantly built upon again and again.

That being said, Individualism does not necessarily mean public action. It's all about one's self. A writer pens a novel and never shows it to anyone. This person is still successful if they were elevated during the experience of writing that novel. If an engineer flies a kite, this person is successful. If an artist paints a picture but only five people see it, that artist is successful. Being known by others has no basis in individualism and success, but is instead a by-product of it. Elevating one's self through action-oriented experience is key.  

Individualism does not concern itself with arbitrary details of a person because individualism exists as a commonality among all people. Arbitrary details aren't part of human nature; thus, they don't have any bearing on humanity. They don't enter into success.

There is no male or female. There is no black or white or any other term relating to skin color. There is no old nor young. There is no fat nor thin. There is no beautiful nor ugly. None of these terms make someone more or less human, so they don't actually matter. All these terms do is feed stereotypes. These terms promote a commonality between groups of people that either doesn't exist or is an amalgamation of anybody's personal experience with said groups of people. 

These labels are a product of convenience of language, which is reasonable. It's also reasonable to not rely on these types of words so heavily even if it is in subtext only because I would even argue that these words and labels that we like to use do not offer as much convenience as we might think. All this to say that people are far too similar to be portrayed by any of these words fairly. 

Let's instead focus on action-oriented names for people. What have they done as opposed to what their genetic makeup might be. 

Tinker, thinker, sailor, thief, captain, crew, lover, writer, discusser, recorder, reorderer, mailer, miser, liar, truth-teller, foil, faker, inventer, president, spender, carer, partner, feeler, imagineer, apologist, populist, scientist, dreamer, schemer, politican, statistician, reliver, maker, breaker, friend, parent, enabler, charmer, farmer, freedom-fighter etc...