Working on the individual
For instance, there might be a lack of solidarity in society or one’s people may be the victims of oppression. Maybe, society is beset with an atmosphere of intrigue, with the result that its voice carries no weight in the world. Detecting these symptoms, one who determines to right the ills of society might as well think that the cure lies in calling meeting and conventions in order to bring people together, feeding them emotional speeches and passing high-sounding resolutions and so on.
But this is not the way to cure the actual ills of society. To do so, one has to work on the cause–not the symptoms–for, usually, one will find that while a problem seems to be afflicting one part of society, the cure lies elsewhere. If there is a lack of solidarity, for instance, the reason for this is the failure of individuals to stand together. It is the individual, then, who has to be worked on. Solidarity has to be achieved at an individual level before it can come about in society. For it is a law of nature, which applies to human society as well, that for a tree to bear good fruit, it is the seed, not the fruit, that has to be improved.