the one and the many

by Andrea Elizabeth

The Soviets disregarded individual humanity in favor of collective humanity, which really doesn’t exist. I suppose this makes me somewhat of a nominalist, but I think it really goes back to the ordo theologiae where person should come before activities and before essence, rather than the reverse. This view taken to the extreme can be a call for anything goes type of freedom, but that isn’t the answer either. There is a right way to be, after all. But this is based on what is good for one, not many, though when people agree, there is ontological beneficial unity, as the many are created in one Image. The Soviets went about this backwards and sought to destroy the Image, as iconoclasts do.