We are individualists, egoists by nature. We can unite in cities, nations, and countries, but uniting as a country is an unnatural process. Russia is one example; there are other nations that eventually fell apart.
There needs to be a connection between people like in a family, where mutual love, children, and property unites and preserves it. This is an instinctive connection based on the fear that I may become ill and will need help and support. My children demand something from me, taking advantage of my natural love for them, and I must take care of them.
The same instinctive connection exists in a nation. Of course it’s much weaker than in a family unit, but it still exists and is also maintained by a mutual dependence, fear, the need for support, a feeling of security, safety, and so on because we all live in an egoistic world.
We are still able to coexist and somehow agree on our mutual problems, desires, and goals within the boundaries of a nation. We understand that we must be connected because we somehow agree inside our country, but there are many enemies on the outside.
But it is much harder for different nations and countries to come to an agreement. This is usually referred to as a temporary union where each side finds something for its own benefit, and once it succeeds in getting what it wants, it drops the rest. And this is considered to be normal in international politics.
Interestingly, a special new condition is unfolding today: Families break, and a multitude of political parties and movements appear in a nation. They contradict each other, are ready to destroy each other, and have more problems with each other than with people from other nations. We find ourselves so connected with people who are outside of us: other countries, nations, continents, and civilizations that we simply must find a way to mutual cooperation.
From the Talk on Global Education 9/4/2011