The question this time around pertains to whether or not someone can maintain their individuality and still be in harmony with society.
I firmly believe that it is essential to be an individual to be a part of society at large. When one stays true to their own thoughts and beliefs they enhance society because they can offer a fresh perspective that is sometimes lacking when people try to conform to a degree that they lose there self.
While there are definitely physical traits as well as character traits that are common within a society. It seems that when the individual is diluted to the point of being all-inclusive and the similarities are favored over the differences that the trouble begins.
The only way for societies- or civilization- to survive is by evolving to meet the needs of the people who make it up.
Right now certain members of the United States government appear to be toying with moving the country away from the focus on individual gains to a form of collective system. I am vehemently opposed to this on a number of levels, not the least of which is that such a move weakens a person's initiative to think for themselves. People should not be treated as animals- particularly by their government.
Society is the outgrowth of people living, working, worshiping and relaxing together. That there are mores and values that mark that society is a given parameter, however throughout there is still the individual decision to either conform or make the changes necessary for their own survival.