Individualism and life in common


I. An idea that’s been around forever and still is with us today



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I. An idea that’s been around forever and still is with us today
Sayings and proverbs
The same story always repeats itself; each individual just thinks of himself.”

Sophocles (495BC-406BC), Greek tragic poet


The gods help those who help themselves, and they do this through work.”

Virgil (70-19 BC), Roman poet


A finger doesn’t wash the face.” “One hand washes the other.”

African proverbs (in Lingala)


Ibarat bambu tak mungkin dipikul sendiri”. “You can’t carry a bambu all alone.”

Berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjin.” “Whether heavy or light, we carry it together.”

Indonesian proverbs
Sumak kawsay” , “suma qamaña”

Sayings in Quechua and Aymara, which express the idea of living well, joyfully and happy but as a family, with everyone, with our whole community or with our “ayllu,” leading to a rich life where human beings are connected with nature.

Ondru pathal undu vazaun” “Together, we live.”

Oru kai oosai ezupathu” “One hand can’t applaud.”

Thani Maram Thopu aagadhu” “A forest is not made of one tree.”

Kuudi vazhthal kodi nanmai” “Being together, there are millions of benefits.”

Indian proverbs (in Tamil)
United we stand”

English proverb


Two heads are better than one.” “The ox all alone licks himself well.”



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