“He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.”

This excerpt comes from the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who lived from 384 to 322 B.C. It can be found in his book titled “Politics,” but the quote itself speaks volumes to me as it is a simple understanding that can be related to how we perceive people in our daily lives. When we break down his words, “sufficient” implies there is plenty according to modern definition, but in my opinion, it could mean much more during the time period this quote was uttered.

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