(I guess this is in direct opposition to Marx)* Man is at the same time a solitary and a social being - he tries to satisfy personal desires, protect the existence and well being of himself and those closest to him, but on the other hand he is concerned with his place in society, seeks to gain recognition and affection of a wider circle or people around him.
The time—which, looking back, seems so idyllic—is gone forever when individuals or relatively small groups could be completely self-sufficient.
It is only a slight exaggeration to say that mankind constitutes even now a planetary community of production and consumption.""Unknowingly prisoners of their own egotism, they feel insecure, lonely, and deprived of the naive, simple, and unsophisticated enjoyment of life.
Furthermore, technological and demographic developments of the last few centuries have created conditions which are here to stay.
In relatively densely settled populations with the goods which are indispensable to their continued existence, an extreme division of labor and a highly-centralized productive apparatus are absolutely necessary.