Historically speaking no society has thrived via individualism. Rome wasn't built in a day nor was it built alone. Try being an individualist in a feudal society and see how long you last, from the king down to the lowest serf you had to rely on others. Even America with its myth of individualism is just that, a myth. Does anyone really think the U.S. was built by individuals? No, it was by community. Wasn't it Franklin who said "hang together or we will hang separately." Even the settling of the West which is viewed as the height of individualism was a collective accomplishment. Most people traveled in wagon trains, they had to have help building their homes, they had to have people to sell them supplies, etc. It's all a myth.