Belize, Central America

"The deepest problems of modern life flow from the attempt of the individual to maintain the independence and individuality of his existence against the sovereign powers of society, against the weight of the historical heritage and the external culture and technique of life. This antagonism  represents the most modern form of the conflict which primitive man must carry on with nature for his own bodily existence."


From the first chapter of George Simmel's book,   The Metropolis And Mental Life.