How much of our concept of individuality is tied in with natural selection?
I know that individuality in America and elsewhere is an ideal. However, how much of it is tied into evolutionary history? Has evolution created individuality in order for a person to better protect him or herself? Is an individual someone who fends for themselves, who employs fight or flight when confronted by a mortal danger? What about narcissism? Is such an individual closer to an animal than a developed human being? Is the individual the highest Ideal, or is a cooperative human being closer to perfection? Are selfish individuals, who only care about themselves, more akin to being animalistic in certain ways? Does it reflect on their character? Is simply thinking for yourself (as a purist) the ultimate goal, or is that selfish and counterproductive for soceity in general?