chapter  V
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INTERFERENCE WITH OTHERS' LIVES

I. MOST of the satisfaction and pleasure attained in the life of average people is made possible only through their fellow-beings. And, similarly, the greatest amount of suffering-mental, but physical too-comes from the actions and omissions of fellowbeings. In a social system where the scope of individual enterprise is almost unbounded, there is a possibility for a limited few to gain enormous wealth, and with this they have access to many means of improving their condition and protecting themselves from various troubles. Naturally no amount of wealth will make up for a lack of family happiness, or for the lack of the desired type of private cultural environment. But the mass of average people depend, in almost every sphere of their lives, on others-

on the degree and the manner in which these others fulfil their elementary human duties toward them.