Good American philoposphy, that. But is it true?
You might think that our life in community is an expression of the opposite view: "The good of the many outweighs the good of the few, or the one", a view, in fact, expressed by Kirk's famous pointy-eared comrade, Mr Spock.
Is this the case?
Last night our community house family all dressed in Indian clothes, ate samosas and bhaji's, improvised bhangra music - one even made a turban out of a scarf. Why? We were honouring the birthday of one of our newer members who is from India. We wanted to say "This is your home. You can be you here. We love what you bring to us."
In this case, "the good of the one" was uppermost - rightly and vitally so.
For any community, any family, the good of the many and the good of the few - or the one - cannot be separated.
"If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together" (1 Corinthians 12:26)