A sea of self-motivated individuals or a web of interdependent talents? Both, of course. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images 13.7: Cosmos And Culture An American Family November 12, 2012 This past election may have been about jobs. But there was a more profound question at issue: coming to grips with the collapse of the myth that we all go it alone. Commentator Alva Noë says this myth has distorted our politics and that President Obama was right to take aim at it.