Modern individualism relies on misunderstanding. The primary concern is with the role that is played, rather than the unique self whose secret remains hidden behind the social mask.
Thus, technological civilization relies on the individualism of a role in a system, not a person. Equality for all becomes the objective and quantifiable equality of roles, not of individuals. Such is the nature of modern inauthenticity. Through indifference it neutralizes humanity and facilitates the return of demonic irresponsibility. The result is a culture of boredom.
The whole story of one’s life can only be inadequately told. In the present, as we continue to curate archives for our digital witnesses and facilitate the legacies of individuals from the past, we blur the mystery of the irreplaceable self to a point of complete illusion. We take for granted how frequently such fabricated images, labeled reputable and definitive, are enforced with the purpose of representing “truth”, often for centuries.
Genuine individuality lies amidst fine details, constantly in need of new light, forever anxious of being presented in an original, powerfully deciphering way. The actual question of the archive is not of the past, but of the future. It is a question of a promise, of a response, and of a responsibility for tomorrow.