noun: a person considered separately from their society or community
noun: a person considered separately in relation to their feelings, ideas, and thoughts
noun: a person who has a quality that makes them unusual or different from other people
noun: a single organism
noun: a human being
adjective: existing or considered separately from other people or things
adjective: relating to one person rather than a group
adjective: made or intended for one person
adjective: unusual or different from anyone or anything else, usually in a way that you admire
adjective: characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing ("An individual serving")
adjective: being or characteristic of a single thing or person ("Individual drops of rain")
adjective: separate and distinct from others of the same kind ("Mark the individual pages")

Laws of Being as applied to the indivdual
I. Law of Assimilation: every individual assimilates itself to all other individuals.

II. Law of Individualization: every such individual tends to assimilate all other individuals to itself.

III. Law of the Dominant: every such individual is such by virtue of the higher or dominant force (Love) which controls these (above) two tendencies. (slightly paraphrased)

“Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine.” [Oscar Wilde. The Soul of Man under Socialism (1891)]

“All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.” James Fenimore Cooper

“The less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of [by] formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The former generations…sacrificed uniformly the citizen to the State. The modern mind believed that the nation existed for the individual, for the guardianship and education of every man. This idea, roughly written in revolutions and national movements, in the mind of the philosopher had far more precision; the individual is the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” Henry David Thoreau

“They [conformists] think society wiser than their soul, and know not that one soul, and their soul, is wiser than the whole world…Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members….Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist…. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

"More individuals become so anxious about their own troubles, and yet helping others is the best way to rid yourself of your own troubles. For what is the pattern? He gave up Heaven and entered physical being that ye might have access to the Father." Cayce (5081-1)

See Also

I Am
Law of Individualization
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