First came friendship, life found a way to keep itself by having a friend always around in need, in face of danger, to ward of a threat, as a means of rescue or to better affect preemption.
Then came the clan-ism, a higher order social construct with rigid rules enforcing efficiency and planning.
Present day society lies somewhere in between, where the clan-ism has faded into a backdrop that’s diluted to what stands as ‘governing body’ in civilizations. And the rules are malleable and fluid, perhaps to allow expansion than survival as if the former has been guaranteed.
Except, its not the individual’s but rather the society’s that’s granted. Yes, society does perceive individualism as it’s greatest threat. And hence an individual is granted everything the society offers, as long has he remains a part of and progresses it’s ideals, and nothing when he goes against its norm’s.
Individualism occurs in society for 2 reasons as best as I can comprehend. Individual’s vested interest. Another, is evolution.
Evolution is the tendency of anything living, organism or an idea that is society. But why this resistance to anything that’s good. Well, it’s evolution again at play. Evolution occurred by survival of the fittest. Hence, domination of the fittest change needs to be resisted, that’s the objective.
To pass on a good and that advocation is individuality. To be dominated and extinguished by a germ that is a better change is society’s fear. That’s everyone’s fear.
Religion, was it one of society’s response to preserve itself. Make it immune to individualism by granting it hypothetically for it’s subjugation in the present. Or to make established norms more difficult to be unseated, hence demand better individualism, or continuation of the best yet. Those are 2 deliberate line of thought surrounding religion, but one thing religion itself did not expect to come along, evolution.
Currently it’s the later line of thought that’s evanescent in its proceedings. Demand better individuals. Allow for personal growth. Encourage change but with test. Rather suppression of development.