Tribes like this are the truly affluent societies — not because they are so wealthy but because they do not want more than they have.
To assert, in any case, that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good, and no one in his right mind will believe this today.[Affirmer en tout cas qu’un homme doit être absolument retranché de la société parce qu’il est absolument mauvais revient à dire que celle-ci est absolument bonne, ce que personne de sensé ne croira aujourd’hui. ]
There is something suspect, especially in America, about people who don’t have ten-year plans for a career or at least a regular job.
The Soul selects her own Society —
Then — shuts the Door —
To her divine Majority —
Present no more —
The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion.
Society is inside of man and man is inside society, and you cannot even create a truthfully drawn psychological entity on the stage until you understand his social relations and their power to make him what he is and to prevent him from being what he is not. The fish is in the water and the water is in the fish.