The State Is the Flywheel of Our Life

"The State is the flywheel of our life. Its system is constantly reminding us duties, from sanitation to the incidents of trusteeship, which we have not the least desire to neglect, but which we are either too ignorant or too indolent to carry out apart from instruction and authoritative suggestion. We profit at every turn institutions, rules, traditions, researches, made by minds at their best, which, through State action, are now in the form to operate as extensions of our own minds." -- Bernard Bosanquet, The Philosophical Theory of the State, p. 152