In a social community the work impulse must lie in devotion for the whole, and never in a man’s personality. It follows from this that real social progress is only possible if I work for the good of the whole. In other words: The work I do mustn’t be for myself. Social progress is completely dependent on the acceptance of this statement, that one doesn’t want to get paid personally for one’s work. A man owes work to the social community. Conversely, a man must restrict his existence to what the social community gives him.
To be continued
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Hamburg, 3rd March 1906