In most times and in most places, the group was seen to be the essential moral unit. A shared religion defined rules and practices. Cultures structured people’s imaginations and imposed moral disciplines. But now more people are led to assume that the free-floating individual is the essential moral unit. Morality was once revealed, inherited and shared, but now it’s thought of as something that emerges in the privacy of your own heart.
If It Feels Right - NYTimes.com
While the author laments the disappearance of the group as a moral unit in favor of individualism in the West, there still too much of it in the East. While the individual freedom prevails in the West, this same freedom is curtailed in the East. Neither condition is ideal. A happy middle of personal freedom and morality will hopefully emerge one day East or West.