In today’s world it is much more difficult to understand that, just like back then in the hunt for mammoths, you are still more successful as a group. Our supposed individualism deceives us about the fact that we are part of a large, very networked community anyway and could not survive one day without this group.
For the preparation of our food, our drinking water from the pipes, the production of our clothes, our supply of electricity, our transport etc., large, well-coordinated groups of people are necessary.
Are you aware that our standard of living is so high that today more people work every day for every person in the western world than for a prince of a medium-sized European kingdom in the 17th century? We have an invisible court around us: unlike the prince at that time, our “servants” are no longer in direct contact with us. Rather, they are distributed around the world, working in the regional power station, in the restaurant kitchen, in the Chinese factory or in the computer centre of our provider.
In the past it was much easier to see the benefits: hunting big game alone is a difficult business. Even ploughing a field as an individual is not very promising.