The main characteristic of the present time is that people are in fact stuffed with selfishness, and when they talk of social demands, they really mean to say: How can self-interest be best served by the community? People basically speak of social life but really mean selfish life. They would like to have a social life where selfishness can best flourish.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 203 – Die Verantwortung des Menschen für die Weltentwickelung – Dornach, January 23, 1921 (page 122)
Previously posted on May 20, 2016