Now imagine that people used ‘I’ when they were in adversity. Would they even get out of it that way? Without cooperating effectively, we can only use a minute fraction of our full potential.
What you’ve stated isn’t really sad. It’s a good, but not optimal development. After all, the development consisted in turning adversity into prosperity. The real issues are the limits to effective cooperation. How can we work together towards a meaningful common goal? That’s far from trivial. It’s the challenge whose answer defines how well we will live.