Individuality doesn’t mean selfishness. It means each person has it’s own unique characteristics; including it’s own perspective, opinions, free speech, free will and so on.
Pluralism used be inherent in ancient democracy. And pluralism means the practicing of that individuality in groups in order to -as much as possible- agree over common matters.
Modern democracy has swapped pluralism with two opposites. Everyone is supposed to categorize him or her self (as well as others) into one of two opposing forces, and that creates chaos. Later on, out of that chaos the middle emerges and it can get really ugly.
Silence doesn’t mean consent. For every day, every moment I am silent about gross crimes that I am not aware of, and even if I was it still wouldn’t mean that I agreed with them. And if I joined some group that claimed to oppose those crimes it wouldn’t mean they weren’t committing them themselves. In fact, facts may as well show the opposite.
That notion however is one of the baits used to force one join one of two opposing forces, adopt it’s perspective, will, speech and become one with it practically losing his own. Later on that force will collide against another and get stuck there colliding forever after. And that’s a way people get controlled by getting stuck; as the ones who control the will, speech, perspectives of those opposing forces control the populace.
By the way, ‘hate’ in Greek is called ‘misos’; and misos also means ‘half’ in Greek. Do you see the connection? One half opposing the other half, whether in a society or within a person himself (those two are interrelated) is how hate is like. Which is also why such group preach that hate will bring about freedom. How often does that happen?
War has always been connected to one half opposing the other half. And I hate to bring up WW2-era Germany, because it’s become so mainstream to do so in an effort to revive that era. But Germany was having internal conflicts between the nationalists and the socialists right before the middle party took over, that combined nationalism with socialism. Some were literally killing each other on the streets before that. And out of the emerging middle party, later on Germany went at war against others too, and so on. And everyone has been itchy about it ever since. Could it be because the US baron Rocker-fellow provided them with the oil they needed and mr Stalin provided them with steel to build their arsenal? Does silence mean consent? Does opposition mean the opposite? Did anybody put Rockefeller on trial after the war? Did anybody send him to prison for treason like they did with the Japanese? Apparently not.
For that reason I call ‘BS’ to those who call upon ‘freedom’ when they actually try to make all fit into one of two sides in order to be controlled. Freedom is not being hateful, stuck, at war and dead. Being free from something means exactly not having to experience something, nor having to avoid it, oppose it and so on. But -indeed- being free to experience it, if you so wish to.
And that division into two parts is one part trying to take the others freedom away. How ironic to call that freedom.