I used to think that society was something we all had an interest in improving - that society provided protection for all so that we could improve ourselves. I would get angry when people scorned a progressive society - I thought that as humans we were better than that. We should be actively participating in our betterment, in our salvation.
Now I realize that society is only an arena for our competition. It's the medium for our individualist struggles. We build protection for the weak so we can be their gods. We save the poor and hopeless, sot because it is the right thing to do, but because we want to be their saviors. We "work together" so that we can measure our contributions against one another. Our society has no collective conscious - it has no "greater good" - it is a mockery, a farce, and a sham.
Society is an extension of our personal greed and pride and ambition, but not of our compassion, our integrity, or our love.