Society & Individual:
Society is a machine that has a mind and purpose of its own. Unless you can find and pursue your highest goal as an individual, you will be sucked into chasing the dreams and desires of society.
Growing individually is a personal choice. You cannot exercise this choice if you are not willing to fight the influences of society in some way. You can certainly not go in a direction diametrically opposite to society. If you do, then you should be willing to sacrifice the benefits that come from the collective work of society. Pursuing individuality is all about finding the right balance between your material necessities and spiritual growth.
If you become too materialistic, you will miss the magnificence of individuality. If you become too spiritual, you will miss the comforts of modern lifestyle. Your intelligence is the answer to this puzzle.
Society will never push you to pursue an individualistic path. In fact, it will do everything in its power to stop you from pursuing a truly individualistic way of life. Society simply cannot grasp the concept of individuality; all it knows is materialism.
You, as an individual, should know better than to just blindly follow the crowd. Intelligent people are always a minority. Just like there are very few original inventors, creators, artists, musicians, and scientists, there will always be very few people who will be courageous enough to walk the path of individuality – to script your own unique destiny.