Self vs. selflessness
Levi-Strauss wrote, "I had been looking for a society...all I could find in it were individual human beings." What Strauss found was the beginnings of civilization, sans romance. Its genesis in the tension between self-interest and the social group: between the greater physical and economic security of society or solitary independence.
Religion, with its tradition and ritual, was added for intergenerational stability to enhance the security of the culture and society.
That primal struggle between self and selflessness is the struggle between ego and security. Good culture mitigates that primitive tension through the provision and promise of physical and economic security.
Jan 28 2011 - 4:26pm