In the old old days (e.g. of Plato’s Republic) there was little talk of individual ethics except as it connected with the good of society. Christianity too has always been about community and the responsibility to serve, to protect, to endure self-sacrifice, and not just to assert my own rights. But the tension between the common good and the individual’s wants/needs/rights/whims is not a pretty sight these days. Here’s a short article which highlights some of the background and tensions.