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.
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.
Only the individual can think, and thereby create new values for society — nay, even set up new moral standards to which the life of the community conforms. Without creative, independently thinking and judging personalities the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community.