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Competition and strife between individuals exist as evidence of the ignorance of the concept of individuality. There is no competition at the level of individuality. Competition exists when men try to be like others, instead of developing their individuality and creating their own worlds.

The concept of individuality states: “Every individual is born and endowed with a unique mind quality and content capable of producing independently from whatever humanity has seen”.

         No two individuals are the same in their mind quality and content. Every individual is designed to develop his or her independent mind to the level of individualistic expressions. At the level of individuality, an individual becomes an independent thinker and producer. One who can express ideas, inventions, innovations, creations and discoveries no individual has ever exhibited.

        Individuality in terms of independent creativity and productivity is the true identity of an individual. Each individual was to be known and identified by the expression of his/her individuality. Thus, despite the 6.2 billion people in the world, every one has his placement based on individuality.

        Competition and strife between individuals exist as evidence of the ignorance of the concept of individuality. There is no competition at the level of individuality. Competition exists when men try to be like others, instead of developing their individuality and creating their own worlds.

        By the expression of one’s mind quality and content, an individual can express ideas which can speak for him throughout successive generations. Names like Henry Ford, Isaac Newton, Galileo Galileo, John Gutenberg, Albert Einstein etc are remembered today because of the expression of their individualities in their different domains and times.

        Individuality is a security against competition and inferiority. It is one’s trade mark. It is equally one’s leadership identity. The concept of individuality stems from the understanding that “Every individual is created unique to contribute independently from what ever humanity has seen”. 20 million people in a society are 20 million independent minds for unique and quality expressions.

        If this concept is understood and pursued, there will be no society lagging behind in development. It is unfortunate that many living today are unable to express their individuality because of ignorance and the underdevelopment of their minds, thus, contributing nothing to the enhancement of their societies and humanity.  

NB: Individuality is the ultimate measure of one’s mental development. At this level, one’s uniqueness is fully expressed.



 Individuality is the point of one’s independence. When one’s individuality is fully developed such an individual becomes an independent thinker and producer.


                            INDEPENDENT THINKERS

Independent thinkers are individuals who think ahead of their societies and see ahead of their times. They are custodians of new ideas, insights, revelations, creations, inventions, innovations and discoveries needed both in their time and in the future.

The ideas of independent thinkers live longer than them.

Independent thinkers think independently from both societal and religious positions. In fact, they are providers of new directions for their generation. They are pioneers, pathfinders, road makers, trailblazers, and pacesetters.

With independent thinkers, a nation or society is constantly being invaded with new ideas and revelations which will take such a society or nation beyond her present breakthroughs.

Independent thinkers are needed when a nation or generation is plagued with stagnation and misdirection. They come to move their societies forward. Independent thinkers operate as reformers and revolutionaries. Their reformatory and revolutionary ideas provide knowledge for the next phase of things in their generation.

 Independent thinkers are pioneers of new eras of civilizations within their nation and generation. They can alter the political, economic, social, religious and educational climate of a nation for the best.

For an individual to be a positive independent thinker, such must experience mind empowerment through illumination and regeneration.



        Independent producers are individuals whose creative works are incomparable with none other. They are providers of new inventions, discoveries and creations.

        Throughout the history of human civilization, societies have developed through the immense contribution of independent producers. The industrial revolution in history owed its existence to the contribution of independent producers. The American and European societies have all evolved and emerged as world powers thanks to independent producers.

        Independent producers are needed in every century to provide new amenities needed for the time. Their products replace old inventions.

        The 21st century with its numerous challenges, demands for ‘hyper resourceful technocrats’, independent producers who will turn the tides of history and change the course of human civilization by their inventions. This can only be possible by the progress in mental development.



A man who thinks that he is all he ought to be is obviously not what he ought to be. Anyone who has reached his ideal has not an ideal, and a man without an ideal is not a man, for the world of moral action is as inexhaustible as the world of knowledge.

                                             C.Delisle Burns.



 He who cherishes a beautiful ideal  

 In his heart will one day realize it. Columbus cherished a vision of another world, and he discovered it; Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe, and he revealed it; Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world of stainless beauty and perfect peace, and he entered into it. Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.

                                                       James allen

  The degree of vision that dwells in a man is the correct measure of the man.

                                     Thomas Carlyle


It is in the heart the man carries his life, it is through the heart come his finest ideals, from the heart his true st words and deeds.

                                                Ralph Connor


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Reviewed by Gracie McKeever
A timely, relevant and well-written article!
Especially interesting concepts on individuality does or doesn't play in the arena of competition.

Thanks for sharing!
Reviewed by Timothy Richardson
I agree with a number of the points you raise. I've long believed "Individuality is the ultimate measure of one’s mental development."
Reviewed by Linda Law
Dr. Etta,
As I read your concept of Individuality, I was impressed with the logic and the fundamentals that you express; yet I am one who believes that simplicity is the best way to touch others. Fortunately, I am able to agree with your article, and found it quite interesting as well as inspirational, my interpretation comes across so much more simple and to the point. Yes, we are each individuals, not carbon copies of one another; although many tend to want to reinvent themselves into a different person...perhaps by desire to be better or simply to emulate in order to move forward more easily. I simply believe that we each have the ability, no matter the plus or minus of book/intellect to reach for more! Those who are secure in their desire to improve their position, their belief, their desire to touch others in some way...will do it! There are different levels of individuality...and it is up to each of us to seek and reach as far as possible in order to attain our goals. Surprisingly, the goals of each of us are so diverse, yet each as important as the other, regardless of their position in how that goal may be to someone else. I enjoyed the article immensely, and love that you are able to teach as well as pass along good information in a way that is understood.
We each strive to reach a particular place in life; and to reach that goal is the absolute possibility/probability that when we set our mind to accomplish, we will! My goals are simple. I want to smile, to encourage, to support and nudge people to reach for expectations higher than they believe are possible within their own abilities. It's been a pleasure finding your site. hugs, lindalaw
Reviewed by J.A. Aarntzen
Very powerful and inspirational writing! It reminds me of Abraham Maslow and the Psychology of Being. Your individual, Dr. Etta, is a human that has reached self-actualization. The uniqueness of the individual is that he or she contains her own universe and it is only through them that the conditions of this universe can improve.
Reviewed by Barbara Henry
Dr. Etta,
"Concept of Individuality" is a powerful pronouncement of profound truths,found in its content; it is also a glowing testament to your vision,intellect,and self-actualization.
Ralph Waldo Emerson(my favorite individualist) would "grin"were he alive to read this.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Barbara Henry
I enjoyed reading your article on individuality and I agree with you. To think independently is to tap into one's own power. I believe the world around us is the reflection of our thoughts. Unfortunately most people do not take the responsibility for what their thoughts produce and insteat blame others.

You quoted James Allen....My very favorite writing of his is from his book AS A MAN THINKETH...

Mind is the master power that molds and makes
And man is mind
And everymore he takes the seal of thought
And shaping what he wills
Brings forth a thousand joys a thousand ills
He thinks in secret and it comes to pass
Environment is but his looking glass.

I like your thinking
Reviewed by Linda Lycett
Wonder how many people will understand that?

Though I disagree with leaving life as a failure - we come here to experience life, as well as help others. There is no failure, only different levels of experience... Material things have no say in the matter.
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