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.

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Responses

  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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