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Relationships between the individual and society vary between cultures religions and ethnicities Nevertheless throughout history how the individual is seen in society varies accordingly In Medieval Europe China and Islamic countries religious beliefs and different philosophies greatly contributed and effected how individuals in a community acted and interacted with their society and other countries Different lifestyles and common norms contributed to the differences in relationships because how the community interacted with each other influenced the way society acted in general In some societies individualism was stressed where as in others the importance of community was emphasized As a result these ideas shaped the way society ultimately acted In medieval Europe an individuals primary concern was to ensure that they would have security to seek survival Particularly in Rome the church was seen as being the most influential institution because it was a place where individuals could seek and obtain answers about questions regarding concerns or others problems they may have had Furthermore there was no division between the church and state In a political sense as well as a spiritual sense the Roman Catholic Church was very much the focal point of a Medieval mans life Between the collapse of control of the Roman Empire around 500 AD and the Renaissance in the middle 1400s the Church remained the most continuously powerful organization in Europe Daum website The church was the richest institution in society and as a result had the most power over society The importance of individualism was not stressed as people commonly worked together and shared their ideas and common interests All the same the individual was seen to have had a close tight nit relationship with the rest of society as it determined their status and how well they lived At that time Western Europe was organized by a feudal system which was the system of loyalties and protections during the Middle Ages As the Roman Empire crumbled emperors granted land
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