It is hard to discuss sports with the geo-political events that have occurred over the past week. Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this week and the European continent has become a battle zone for the first time since the Slavic Civil Wars in the 1990s that broke up Yugoslavia and created a bunch of new countries divided by ethnicity (For the record, Yugoslavia became Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia). I will have more thoughts on this later. Since the events are ongoing, any opinion I may give will possibly become antiquated within 24 hours. But there is one thing I can confirm. I DO NOT MISS THE WAR REPORTING (Or Propaganda depending on your point of view) WITH FOX NEWS, CBS, NBC, ABC, & CNN. There is no propaganda more effective than war propaganda and it works on the American citizenry every time. Putin maybe an asshole. But it only took me half a day to start getting irritated with cable news and to begin tuning out all their bullshit.
As a forty yearlong sports fan, there were always a few experiences I wanted to have with my favorite teams. First of all, let me give you a list so I can expand my argument.
Here are my favorite teams in order:
With the Galaxy, they have not only won a title but are currently the MLS’ leading franchise for championships. Since their initial season in 1996, the Galaxy have played in nine MLS Cup Finals finally winning their first championship on their fourth attempt. Since then, they have won four more titles and have a lifetime 5-4 record in the MLS Finals. The MLS titles were in 2002, 2005 (As a 4 seed), 2011, 2012 & 2014.Since their last title, the Galaxy have only qualified for the playoffs three times in the last seven seasons. Of all my favorite sports teams, the Galaxy have won the most championships during my lifetime. In terms of my goals for these teams, there is really nothing left for them to accomplish.
ANAHEIM DUCKS STANLEY CUP TITLE: CHECK – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
LOS ANGELES GALAXY MLS CUP TITLE: QUINTUPLE CHECK – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
The Golden State Warriors are one of the two non-Los Angeles area teams that I root for and there is a reason for my fandom. Like the Rams, Golden State is responsible for two championships that occurred before my birth (As the Philadelphia Warriors in 1947 and 1956). Golden State won their first California title in 1975 when I was a wee 10 months old. My only memory of this championship is that Rick Barry was one of my father’s favorite players throughout his life. I have seen highlights of their 1975 NBA Final win, but this amazing team was as foreign to me as the titles won before my birth. Despite this, being a Warriors fan has been pretty difficult. Even though the late 1980s and early 1990s with Don Nelson as their coach had some very successful teams, the recent history of the franchise has been downright depressing. This all changed recently. As I suffered through ten Los Angeles Lakers championships from 1980 to 2010, the Warriors finally put together a fantastic team that won an NBA title in 2015. After Kevin Durant came onto the team in 2016, two more championships were added in 2017 and 2018 (These did not feel as special as the initial one, but they still count). These titles were very important to me. I finally got to celebrate two things with this Warrior team: First, I no longer needed to hear the arrogant bullshit from the L.A. Lakers fans about my lack of championships and second, watching my dad enjoy these at the end of his life brought me a ton of joy. The Warriors were the only team he successfully propagandized me into becoming a fan. That long almost thirty years of torture finally paid off with the three recent championships (And they could be adding another one in 2022).
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS NBA FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP: TRIPLE CHECK – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
GOLDEN STATE BECOMING ONE OF THE NBA’S ELITE TEAMS AGAIN: CHECK (TIED FOR THIRD MOST TITLES) – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
The Anaheim Angels always seemed cursed. This was a team that took nineteen seasons to win its first American League West title. In the team’s sixty years, they have only made the playoffs ten times with a pathetic 5-9 playoff series record. They also have only made the playoffs once in the past twelve seasons. But nothing can take away the 2002 season. Because of my dad’s job, he often got tickets to see the ‘California’ Angels throughout the 1980s and 1990s. I have been to Anaheim Stadium at least 40 times in my life. This allowed me to adopt the Angels as my 2nd favorite MLB team (The Angels will never pass my San Diego Padres as my favorite team) while my dad adopted them as his favorite (His beloved San Francisco Giants were his number two who rewarded him with three World Series wins in the early 2010s). The 2002 World Series title as a wild card team over the hated San Francisco Giants was an incredible run and finally allowed me to enjoy a MLB World Series Championship (More on this with the Padres later). Added bonus for this one because I lived in an apartment on Ball Road in West Anaheim during this title run. So seeing the fireworks from nearby Anaheim Stadium that were also being shown on the Fox Network made this a surreal experience. There was another baseball championship I did celebrate but because of a change in allegiance, I no longer count this title as a fan (More on this later).
ANAHEIM/CALIFORNIA/LOS ANGELES ANGELS WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP: CHECK – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
The Los Angeles Kings are my 2nd favorite team. They were the 2nd team I became aware of as a child and my fandom goes all the way back to the years of Marcel Dionne before Wayne Gretzky changed the future of hockey on the West Coast forever. Being a Los Angeles Kings fan was not much better than being a Golden State Warrior or Los Angeles Angels fan during my childhood into my 30s. There were many more years of losing than seasons of winning. The 1993 loss to the Montreal Canadians in the Stanley Cup Finals was one of the most difficult losses of my life. But just like the Warriors (Almost 30 years), and the Angels (Almost 20 years), I waited over 30 years for the Los Angeles Kings to finally reward me with an elusive title. In 2012 after sliding into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the 8th and final seed, they became the first team to win a championship as the aforementioned 8th seed by defeating the New Jersey Devils in 6 games in 2012. After losing a tough NHL Western Conference Final in 2013 to Chicago, the Kings became one of only a handful of teams to come back from 3 games to zero and win a hockey series against the hated San Jose Sharks. This led to an unexpected 2nd Stanley Cup title against the New York Rangers in 2014 in 5 games. The Kings are now one of 13 NHL teams with multiple Stanley Cups (Putting them into the upper 50% of teams) which was always my wish for the franchise.
LOS ANGELES KINGS STANLEY CUP TITLE: CHECK – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
LOS ANGELES KINGS ONE OF THE NHL’S TOP 50% TEAMS: CHECK – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
This leaves two final teams to discuss, my beloved Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Padres. We will review the Rams first.
As mentioned last week, the Rams had two pre-Super Bowl championships that occurred a generation before I was born in two separate cities (Cleveland in 1945 and Los Angeles in 1951) which matches the accomplishments of the NBA Warriors. For so many years of my fandom with this team, those two championships before my birth were all I could hang onto. The Rams did make the Super Bowl in 1979 against the Pittsburgh Steelers but lost a 4th quarter lead and the game 31-19. The 1980s and 1990s saw NFC teams like the San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and an individual title for the legendary NFL teams Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers win Super Bowls for 13 consecutive years against overmatched AFC teams. This changed in 1997 when the Denver Broncos prevented the Green Bay Packers from repeating (And handing them their only Super Bowl loss). The St. Louis Rams (Relocated to a 3rd city by their owner in 1995) finally came through and got my franchise its first Super Bowl. Little did I know then that 21 years after that move, the Rams would be back in my beloved Los Angeles. And during the 2021 season, they would deliver their second Super Bowl but more importantly, their first one in Los Angeles. The Rams are now in the Top Ten for NFL Championships and Super Bowl wins, a place I hope that they remain.
RAMS FRANCHISE SUPER BOWL: CHECK – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
LOS ANGELES RAMS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP: CHECK – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
BEING A TOP 10 ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP FRANCHISE: CHECK – GOAL ACCOMPLISHED
CATCHING THE 49ERS in CHAMPIONSHIPS: GOAL NOT ACCOMPLISHED (49ers 5, Rams 4)
Finally, I am a fan of a team that has disappointed me for almost 40 years. Growing up, I idolized Los Angeles Dodger Steve Garvey. Garvey played in 4 World Series, winning 1 with the team in 1981 (And losing in 1974, 1977 & 1978). Before the 1983 season, the Dodgers traded my favorite player to the San Diego Padres. For the only time in my life, I switched my team allegiance. The 1981 Dodger World Series victory no longer mattered to me. I was a Padre fan now. What a fucking decision this turned out to be! Since this switch, the Dodgers have won two more World Series titles (1988 & 2020) and the Padres have managed only five TOTAL PLAYOFF APPEARANCES, 4 DIVISION TITLES, and 2 NL PENNANTS (1984, 1998) in almost 40 years. In their two World Series appearances, they won only one game against both the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees, two of the greatest teams to ever take the field. I have learned to accept the fact that in my late 40s, I will likely never see a San Diego Padres Championship. With all my other teams’ recent successes, I have learned to accept this reality.
JUST ONE SAN DIEGO PADRES WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP: GOAL NOT ACCOMPLISHED
What is the point of all this besides showing my ridiculous knowledge of sports history? Well, come back next week for what the Rams Super Bowl victory and thinking long and hard about sports fandom has done. See you next week!
I really wanted to put out this blog sooner. Since Super Bowl Sunday ten days ago, my personal schedule has been really busy. February has always been a miserable month for me, and this tradition has continued into 2022. After celebrating the Super Bowl with a few too many beers, I went back to my ten hour a day work shift, including a one-hour commute in each direction, and after the week was complete, I hightailed it out to Arizona to spend four days with my mother. Having lived in Arizona for eight years, it is the only other state in the union besides my native California that I am completely familiar with from the Grand Canyon all the way down to Bisbee. Now that my mind is clear from the alcohol, my busy work week, and a few days with the family, I can finally blog about the events that occurred on February 13, 2022, a day that will be remembered fondly until my body has inhaled its final, life-giving breath.
NERD ALERT: ** Once again if statistics do not interest you, please stop reading now. You have been warned. A bunch of information is about to be presented to you that means nothing to anybody’s life in the long run. But I still love talking about it. **
With the warning out of the way, let’s get down to business discussing my beloved Los Angeles Rams.
A quick tidbit: As a L.A. Rams fan since 1979, I have met MANY RAM fans throughout my lifetime. Many of these people suffered in silence and dealt with over twenty years of consistent losing (From 1990-1998 including a move to St. Louis in 1995 and from 2005-2016 when getting to .500 was considered a successful season). Many of these old-time Ram fans have died off. Personally, I am aware of at least a half a dozen that never saw the team win its first title in St. Louis and a handful more that did not get to enjoy this 2021 Super Bowl LVI Los Angeles title. And while that first championship in 1999 finally brought some recognition to the franchise, it was never “perfect” as the title occurred in a city foreign to many of the teams’ fans. With the Los Angeles Rams defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 on February 13, many of the long-suffering RAM fans finally got to celebrate a legitimate Los Angeles Super Bowl with the added bonus of winning the title inside the Rams own home stadium.
When discussing the greatest teams of all-time, the Rams are usually not discussed. Because the team has never had one era where they established any sort of dynasty. Even though the team has a rich and vibrant history, it is often overshadowed by a large number of seasons of pure misery. Going back to their pre-Super Bowl championships, the Rams have moved into the top 10 (Tied for 9th with Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia) for most championships with four. The Rams have managed to do this in three cities (Cleveland in 1945, Los Angeles in 1951 and during the Super Bowl era, St. Louis in 1999 and Los Angeles in 2021). Like the Atlanta Braves who just won their 4th World Series in 2021, the Rams and Braves are the only two teams to win a championship in three different cities (For the Braves, it is Boston, Milwaukee, and 2 in Atlanta). To show the inconsistency of the Rams franchise, each championship has been won by a different starting quarterback (Bob Waterfield in 1945, Norm Van Brocklin in 1951, Kurt Warner in 1999, and now Matthew Stafford in 2021). When looking at the records that were set in Super Bowl LVI, all of them are very unique. The most bizarre one is this.
The Rams become the first team in the Super Bowl era to play in the Super Bowl during five different decades. Since the team only has five appearances, here they are by decade and in order.
1960s: Did not Play (Only 4 Super Bowls total this decade)
1970s: Super Bowl XIV (1979) – Pittsburgh 31 L.A. Rams 19
1980s: Did not Play (But the fucking 49ers did in four separate games)
1990s: Super Bowl XXXIV (1999) – St. Louis 23 Tennessee 16 (First Super Bowl Title)
2000s: Super Bowl XXXVI (2001) – New England 20 St. Louis 17
2010s: Super Bowl LIII (2018) – New England 13 L.A. Rams 3 (YAAWWWNNN!!!!)
2020s: Super Bowl LVI (2021) – L.A. Rams 23 Cincinnati 20 (Second Super Bowl Title and First in LA)
The Rams became the third team to win a Super Bowl in two different cities (St. Louis in 1999, Los Angeles in 2021) joining the Indianapolis Colts (Baltimore in 1970 and Indianapolis in 2006) and the Las Vegas Raiders (Oakland in 1976 & 1980 and Los Angeles in 1983). The Raiders become the first franchise that has a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl in a third city with their relocation to Las Vegas in 2020.
Sean McVay becomes the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl at 36 dethroning Mike Tomlin who was 37 in 2008 when the Steelers beat the Cardinals.
The Rams tied the Super Bowl record for most sacks with seven tying the 2015 Carolina Panthers, 1985 Chicago Bears, and 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Rams became the second team in a row to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium (Tampa Bay did it in 2020). Until last year, this had never happened in NFL history.
Matt Stafford became the 4th quarterback to win a Super Bowl despite throwing two interceptions. Only Terry Bradshaw in Super Bowl XIV, Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XL, and Tom Brady in Super Bowl XLIX have accomplished this.
The Rams became the 3rd team to be negative two in the turnover battle and win the Super Bowl joining the aforementioned Pittsburgh Steelers (Against the Rams) in Super Bowl XIV and the Baltimore Colts (Against the Dallas Cowboys) in Super Bowl V.
Copper Kupp became the 8th wide receiver to win the Super Bowl MVP. The last one was Julian Edelman against the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Now that fifty-six Super Bowls have been played, an interesting statistic came to my attention. If we just count the Super Bowls since 1966, fifteen teams have now won at least 2 Super Bowls which is almost half the league. If we add all the NFL Championships won since 1920, the number of teams with multiple championships increases to 21. Counting pre-Super Bowl championships, four teams have won multiple NFL titles but no Super Bowls (Cleveland 4, Detroit 4, Arizona (As Chicago) 2, and the defunct Canton Bulldogs 2). Chicago has 8 pre-Super Bowl titles but only 1 Super Bowl win (1985). Philadelphia has 3 pre-Super Bowl titles but only 1 Super Bowl win (2017). Nine teams have won at least 3 Super Bowls.
New England 6
San Francisco 5
Green Bay 4
N.Y. Giants 4
Las Vegas 3 (As Los Angeles and Oakland)
Six teams have won 2 Super Bowls. Since 2006, the number of teams with multiple Super Bowl titles has jumped from 10 to 15. Joining the Miami Dolphins with 2 Super Bowl wins in 1972 and 1973 are:
Indianapolis in 2006 (First as Baltimore in 1970), 2 Pre-Super Bowl Titles in Baltimore in 1958 & 1959
Baltimore Ravens in 2012 (First in 2000)
And over the last three Super Bowls, three new teams have joined the multiple Super Bowl winner’s club
Kansas City in 2019 (First in 1969)
Tampa Bay in 2020 (First in 2002)
Los Angeles Rams in 2021 (First in 1999), 2 Pre-Super Bowl Titles in Cleveland in 1945 and Los Angeles in 1951.
There are five teams with 1 Super Bowl win. And the chances of this multiple Super Bowl winning list growing may hit a snag in the next few years. The closest of these teams to join this multi-winner list is likely the Philadelphia Eagles. Seattle, New Orleans, New York Jets, and Chicago have a lot of questions to answer before they become championship contenders again.
So how does this compare to the other professional sports? The NBA and MLS are much newer leagues. Are the number of championships comparable between the different leagues? Like any sport, the NFL has some franchises that are more successful and others that never seem like they will ever hold the trophy. Eliminating the defunct Canton Bulldogs, 23 of the 32 current NFL franchises have won a championship. Since the Super Bowl era, this number is 20. Four teams have never even appeared in any of the fifty-six Super Bowls. This is consistent with all the other major sports.
The oldest sport, baseball, has been having World Series since 1903 (Skipping only 1904 and 1994). 20 Baseball teams out of 30 have won at least two World Series. 24 Teams have won at least 1 World Series (Including my beloved Anaheim Angels in 2002). Only 1 team, the Seattle Mariners, have never appeared in a World Series. These championship stats are pretty consistent with the NFL.
The second oldest trophy is the Stanley Cup which has been fought over since 1915. Hockey has been a little more centralized since the NHL had only six teams for a large portion of its history. But with 32 teams now playing, the NHL now has 14 teams with at least two championships (My beloved Los Angeles Kings got me two in 2012 and 2014). Counting solo titles, the NHL has had 20 teams hold the Stanley Cup. 5 of the 32 teams have never played in the Stanley Cup Final. Since the NHL started expanding rapidly much later than the NFL and MLB, the number of championships spread out among the teams is very consistent with these other leagues.
Jumping to the newest league, the MLS, which has only existed since 1996, the teams that have won the championships is nicely spread out. The league has expanded rapidly over the past dozen years to 28 teams as of the 2021 season. My Los Angeles Galaxy lead with 5 (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014). Counting the Galaxy, seven teams have won at least two MLS Cups. Counting teams with only one MLS Cup, the number of champions doubles to 14. In its 25-year existence, half the teams in the MLS already have at least one title. This is consistent with the early years of the other leagues also.
Now comes the outlier, the NBA. The championships are top heavy with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers actually winning almost half of them (Each team has 17). Because of this distortion, the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors are in 3rd place with 6 and the San Antonio Spurs have 5. If you count the teams that have more than two NBA titles, there are only 11 teams which have reached this accomplishment (In order: Philadelphia, Detroit, and Miami have 3, New York, Houston and Milwaukee have 2). Only 19 teams have won at least one championship. The large distortions in the NBA seem to be adjusting to a more typical norm but this is the one sport that does not seem to hold to the pattern of the other major professional sports leagues.
Anyway, if you have made it this far, I deserve to buy you a beer the next time I see you. Part 2 and Part 3 of this post will be coming soon. Spoilers: Part 3 will be a revelation about myself that may surprise some of my readers and closest friends. Until next time!
During my high school years, I met a few people who became some of my longest, lifetime friends. What was interesting about these individuals is how much they diverged from my early childhood friends gained during my eight years in elementary and secondary Catholic School. Even though some of my Catholic school friends and classmates continue to practice Catholicism in the present day, many of them also decided to go their own way spiritually or reject the church outright. Who could blame them? The Catholic Church has many demons in its closet. The religious leaders of the Church have often chosen to conceal or conspire to hide the greater crimes committed by some of its priests instead of confronting and resolving the problems created or even acting responsibly by following the teachings of the Son of God (Because when it boils down to it, the need to protect the “collective” community of the church greatly outweighs the incredible damage it has done to individual lives).
Many of my high school and college friends had non-religious upbringings and were more artistically inclined than my early childhood friends. These friends were also skeptical of my religious upbringing or downright hostile to it. These friends (Who knew many aspects of the history of the Church) considered themselves tolerant about so many social issues yet had a negative and close-minded view towards the idea of religion. Can my left-wing family members and friends who show more trust towards the government not understand that some of the moral teachings of the Bible actually tell stories that help build character or provide examples of how to live a satisfactory life? Can my family members and friends that expected government to fix the problems of our society over religion’s traditional role of doing this accept the fact that even if the state provides and helps its citizens in certain ways through taxation and redistribution, the distrust that religious people have towards government’s slow-motion push to destroy individual freedoms and the corruption that can occur when the government takes monopolistic control over a political idea has some factual merit? After the pandemic broke out in 2020, adherents to the mandates, masking, and word of the sainted Dr. Fauci have also created their own religion around the ‘science’ espoused by him. Are these people able to acknowledge and understand the reservations of many anti-vaccine skeptics or anti-masking parents who do not believe the ‘science’ due to their own dedicated research? What is causing this human desire to regard these institutions or individuals as something extraordinary where the ‘apostates’ must be expunged or destroyed? Are the institutions the issue? Or is it a general weakness of the human mind?
This blog will dive into this topic. What happens when these powerful institutions take it upon themselves to replace our unique individual needs and responsibilities with a message of the “greater good?” Does this message help move society into a better place, or does it take us down a dark path where the forcible need of the ‘greater good’ eliminates an individual’s own personal identity?
A couple of well-researched videos opened my mind up to these questions. Human beings are incredibly tolerant creatures as long as one condition is met. Any violation or inability of an individual to pursue his self-interest will lead to social problems. When any ‘collective’ institution like religion or government exists, people will tolerate them as long as two conditions exist. First, if you agree with the motivation and purpose of these institutions, then there is nothing wrong with supporting and participating in them. Second and most importantly, as long as these institutions respect the needs of people outside the system and their self-interested goals, then people will have no problem with these institutions. But as history has shown, when a large entity has no real checks on its power, the violation of the rights and self-interest of people becomes inevitable. Especially if the institution is treated like a religion.
“The State takes the place of God…the socialist dictatorships are religions and State slavery is a form of worship.”
Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self
“The totalitarian movements that have arisen after the First World War are basically religious movements. Their aim is not only to change political and social institutions, but also to remodel the nature of man and society.”
Waldemar Gurian, The Totalitarian State
This idea is fascinating. In a time where religious participation has declined at a high rate, people have begun putting their ‘faith’ into public institutions. And just like many people who are devout Christians, the State, like God, does not have any real answers. The religious worship of the state leads to fanaticism. Fanaticism will inevitably lead to totalitarianism and authoritarianism. Because people who worship the state always forget one important fact. The state is not interested in your individual needs. It is looking to gain as much control of the ‘collective’ as possible always looking for a way to gain even more power over our lives. The only people who benefit from state power are the individuals who are in control of it. The rise of socialism in the 21st Century can be directly attributed to this misguided faith in the ability of government. Plus, the people who lead the government of the United States are truly uninspiring people, Democrat and Republican alike. As Carl Jung also said about our culture,
“Where are the superior minds, capable of reflection, today? If they exist at all, nobody heeds them: instead there is a general running amok, a universal fatality against whose compelling sway the individual is powerless to defend himself. And yet this collective phenomenon is the fault of the individual as well, for nations are made up of individuals. Therefore the individual must consider by what means he can counter the evil.”
This leads me directly into the insanity of the past two years. For people who have been independent thinkers, it is very likely that the last couple of years cost you a cherished friendship or the respect of a family member. Because the lab-leaked virus known as COVID-19 has put the emphasis on the “greater good.” It is your responsibility as a citizen to do what the government says (Lockdown, Mask Up, and get your Shot) or expect to be ex-communicated from society. But like all the best tyrants, the argument is made that if you just acquiesce and accept what the pharma companies and government want you to do, you can go back to the normal life you lived two years ago that they violently took away. The ‘greater good’ argument always leads to predictable outcomes. Government power grows, the people who reject the mandates and orders become a “lower class” type of citizen that must be insulted, abused, and ignored. But these “lower class” people are also the true leaders and intellectuals. As Albert Camus said,
“The great citizens of a country are not those who bend the knee before authority but rather those who, against authority, if need be, are adamant as to the honor and freedom of that country.”
As mentioned above, collectivism has one significant flaw. Ludwig Von Mises pointed this out generations ago.
“The individual has to subordinate himself to, and conduct himself for, the benefit of society and to sacrifice his selfish private interests to the common good.”
This lack of respect for individualism will always be the fatal flaw of collectivism. Because what is necessarily good for a group is not necessarily satisfactory to one individual. There is a reason why our society is filled with outcasts. Individuals will never be interested in participating in any activity that contradicts their own personal interest. Like religion, the state is just a fabricated construct. It is an entity that exists due to the will of individuals. But it does not move around in nature from one location to the next. Nor is it alive or have conscious thought. It is a human creation of control. Once again, Carl Jung puts it best,
“. . .the “nation” (like the “State”) is a personified concept …The nation has no life of its own apart from the individual and is therefore not an end in itself…. All life is individual life, in which alone the ultimate meaning is to be found.
Carl Jung, The Swiss Line in the European Spectrum
Only individualism can bring about true freedom. Any submittance to a group will always lead to some form of sacrifice. This type of society will never be perfect. But it will at least prevent the creation of a dystopian authoritarian hellscape. Because individuals should always have the freedom to choose the best situations for themselves.
“A man’s natural rights are his own, against the whole world; and any infringement of them is equally a crime…whether committed by one man, calling himself a robber…or by millions, calling themselves a government.”
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