The individual is a passage , a bridge from the collective to the universal . It frees you first from the collective , and once you are free from the collective , there is no need for you to be an individual . You can dissolve into the whole . That is the miracle of individuality : first it frees you from the collective , and then it dies on its own accord because its needs are fulfilled , it is no longer needed . It is medicinal : it kills the disease , then you drop the medicine .