The economic theories of Adam Smith and the invisible hand help form the context of western civilization. "These ideas reflect the concept that each person, by looking out for him or herself, inadvertently helps create the best outcome for all."*
At an individual level, this translates to "what is good for me is good for the group."
In a world that now understands limited resources and the tragedy of the commons, it's quite clear that this paradigm is unsustainable.
What if our entire society could shift our most deeply held belief system to "What is good for the group is good for me?"