The phrase “Every man for himself, and God for us all” reflects the idea that individuals should focus on their own personal interests and well-being. Without any consideration for others. Without any consideration for the larger society. God in heaven is concerned about everyone. But since you are not God, you should mind your own business. When applied to society as a whole, this philosophy can be problematic. It is critical to always consider the common good and collaborate. That is how a stable and prosperous society is built. You create the environment necessary for everyone to win.
In the Bible, Jesus teaches us to “love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31) and the Apostle Paul urges Christians to “bear one another’s burdens” (Galatians 6:2). However, the emphasis on individualism has robbed us of the beauty of this biblical teaching in practice. This can be seen in the way some religious individuals prioritize their own personal problems and concerns over societal issues. You pray about your needs and problems. Your daily life revolves around how you can get ahead at any costs. There is no concern for the larger society. Your self-centered religion has made you turn a blind eye to societal issues.
This can lead to a situation where wicked individuals, who are more focused on working together for their own gain, are able to dominate society. It is easier for evil people united by greed to collaborate. Than for good people to work together to accomplish great things. You are more likely to hear about some nefarious cabal or gang ruling a community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Martin Luther King, Jr. said this in 1957 – and it still rings true today. What are you doing for others? How are you showing consideration for others?