Our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own

For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
Our social environment has this power just because we do not exist apart from a society. Society is our extended mind and body. Yet the very society from which the individual is inseparable is using its whole irresistible force to persuade the individual that he is indeed separate! Society as we now know it is therefore playing a game with self-contradictory rules.