Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | February 27, 2017

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #1

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #1

What do eggs and baskets have to do with the words “Nationalism” and “Collectivism”?

My two cents, but please share yours:

First, let’s say that the eggs are individuals, sentient beings, such as the following.

  • Human beings/animals
  • Extraterrestrials
  • Sentient androids, robots, and artificial intelligence
  • Cyborgs (humans/animals merged with technology).

Next, let’s say that the baskets are collectives (groups and any corresponding governments). These baskets can come in a variety of sizes such as the following.

  • Multiverses (a collection of universes)
  • Universes
  • Galaxies
  • Solar systems
  • Planets (Globalism)
  • Nations/races (Nationalism)
  • States/provinces (Federalism)
  • Counties/rural areas
  • Cities/urban and suburban areas
  • Neighborhoods/HOAs
  • Families

Interactions can come in two ways–basket vs basket and basket vs egg.

For basket-basket interactions, one can compare larger baskets to smaller baskets or equal-size baskets to each other. Size can be either physical or based on population (number of eggs in a basket). Here are a few examples.

  • Globalism (planet basket) vs Nationalism (nation basket) vs Federalism (state basket)
  • Texas (state basket) vs California (state basket)
  • Urban areas (city basket) vs rural areas (county basket)

Basket-egg interactions usually deal with prioritizing needs and rights of baskets and eggs as seen below.

  • Collectivism – needs and rights of the collective (basket) are prioritized over needs and rights of the individual (egg)
  • Individualism – needs and rights of the individual (egg) are prioritized over needs and rights of the collective (basket)

To avoid confusion, it is helpful to use the word “Nationalism” for basket-basket interactions and to use the word “Collectivism” for basket-egg interactions. It might be surprising to see how many heated conflicts can be avoided by following this small definitions tip.


  1. Putting all your eggs in one basket…heard it from my Mom years ago…as in “don’t…” Always have a backup plan, always have a way out.

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