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0. Introduction: The Goal Of Knowledge
Part 1 Striving For Individuality

 "I believe one of the fundamental characteristics of our age is that human interest centers in the cult of individuality." TPOF 0.0

What is the Cult Of Individuality?

Advance from Collectivism to Individualism

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STEP .1 Shake Off Authority
Advance from Submission To Authority TO Shake Off Authority

“An energetic effort is being made to shake off every kind of authority.”

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STEP .2 Inner Validation
Advance from Expert Validation TO Inner Validation

“Nothing is accepted as valid, unless it springs from the roots of individuality.”

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STEP .3 Self-Development
Advance from Distracted By World TO Commitment To Self-Development

“Everything that hinders the individual in the full development of his powers is thrust aside.”

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STEP .4 Leaderless Striving
Advance from Follow Your Hero TO Follow Yourself

“The saying ‘Each one of us must choose his hero in whose footsteps he toils up to Mount Olympus’ no longer holds true for us.”

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STEP .5 Select Ideals
Advance from Forced Ideals TO Select Your Ideals

“We allow no ideals to be forced upon us.”

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STEP .6 Inner Worthiness Of Each
Advance from Some Are Worthy TO Inner Worthiness Of Each

“We are convinced that in each of us, if only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development.”

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STEP .7 Nonconformity
Advance from Strive To Conform TO Strive To Be Yourself

“We no longer believe there is a norm of human life to which we must all strive to conform.”

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STEP .8 Perfection Of Each
Advance from Perfection Of The Group TO Unique Perfection Of Each

“We regard the perfection of the whole as depending on the unique perfection of each single individual.”

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STEP .9 Unique Contribution
 Advance from Collective Action TO Unique Individual Contribution

“We do not want to do what anyone else can do equally well. No, our contribution to the development of the world, however trifling, must be something that, by reason of the uniqueness of our nature, we alone can offer.”

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STEP .10 Free Creative Expression
Advance from Rules Of Expression TO Free Creative Expression

“Never have artists been less concerned about rules and norms in art than today. Each one asserts the right to express in the creations of his art what is unique in him, just as there are playwrights who write in dialect rather than conform to the standard diction grammar demands.”

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STEP .11 Striving For Freedom
Advance from Striving For Collective Bondage TO Striving For Freedom

“No better expression for these phenomena can be found than this, they result from the individual’s striving for freedom, developed to its highest pitch.”

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Step .12 Independent
Advance from Dependent On Others TO Independent Of Others
“We do not want to be dependent in any respect, and where dependence must be, we tolerate it only on condition it coincides with a vital interest of our individuality.”

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BOOK TEXT
Chapter 0. THE GOAL OF KNOWLEDGE
Part One 
0.0 Striving For Individuality

[1] I BELIEVE one of the fundamental characteristics of our age is that human interest centers in the cult of individuality. An energetic effort is being made to shake off every kind of authority. Nothing is accepted as valid, unless it springs from the roots of individuality. Everything that hinders the individual from fully developing his powers is thrust aside. The saying “Each one of us must choose his hero in whose footsteps he toils up to Mount Olympus” no longer holds true for us. We allow no ideals to be forced upon us. We are convinced that in each of us, if only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development. We no longer believe there is a norm of human life to which we must all strive to conform. We regard the perfection of the whole as depending on the unique perfection of each single individual. We do not want to do what anyone else can do equally well. No, our contribution to the development of the world, however trifling, must be something that, by reason of the uniqueness of our nature, we alone can offer. Never have artists been less concerned about rules and norms in art than today. Each one asserts the right to express, in the creations of his art, what is unique in him. Just as there are playwrights who write in slang rather than conform to the standard diction grammar demands.

[2] No better expression for these phenomena can be found than this, they result from the individual’s striving towards freedom, developed to its highest pitch. We do not want to be dependent in any respect, and where dependence must be, we tolerate it only on condition it coincides with a vital interest of our individuality.

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