umm, it's just that in the past it wasn't like that... A person was not even considered the same way that we consider persons today. People were not individuals, but part of a big mass, of a town, a country, and the only people that mattered were the kings and leaders, etc. Across the centuries, life got easier, the feudalism collapsed to be replaced by ______________ (by what?) and people became independent with that (?) ... does anybody has a real clue of what events caused the concept of 'self' to develop? I recall reading that Christianity helped shape the concept of individual souls, but there must be more factors that shaped that concept of self. Moreover, when thinking about "when did people start defying authority?" is there an earlier event that shows revolution, other than the French Revolution? Thx!