I think individualism is an illusion.
Every person is individual in the same sense that a cell is individual within the body. However, just as a cell will eventually die if you cut it away from the body, an individual will die as he or she is cut off from society.
The greatest punishment that we can conceive is to be isolated and left alone. That is why solitary confinement is used in prison to punish those who are being punished.
Humans are interdependent with one another. We rely on each other for resources, protection, support, etc. and we are reliant on our environment to provide for us.
I just don't see why compare individualism with isolation, in my point of view they are completely seperate from each other. Being individualistic doesn't neccesary mean that you're all by yourself and lonely. I consider myself an individualistic person but from time to time I would still take advice from my family but it's up to me if I chose to act upon that advice or to ignore it. Though I agree partially that being an extreme individualistic or an extreme collectivist is an illusion because we still depend on so many factors like the oxygen to breathe, animals to get food from and your parents to develop, but when it comes to making your own choices and the road of your life, that is when I would find that out on my own. The reason I dislike groups and collectivism altogether it's that it is easy to blame other people for your own wrongdoings. However, when you're by yourself, the only person you can blame is yourself.
That's what entrepreneurship is for.
Then I shall become an entrepreneur