Here a look at the ideal and the reality. Reality is different of course depending on the level of consciousness you have available to you. The ideal is that you know yourself and raise your vibration as high as possible and that you accomplish your purpose. Plainly put, everyone needs to be able to actualize to the fullest their own potential. This in turn helps the entire species. That is the ideal. The second illustration is indicative of the reality that many people struggle with. It is emprisonment within a belief system. Change your thoughts, change your life. It sounds simple. But it is only simple if you know who and what you are.
It is interesting that the root word of culture is "cult". In a cult, which is almost universally perceived as negative, one is inculcated into a particular belief system (sometimes so successfully that one no longer perceives other belief systems as having any validity) and restricted from exercising non-regulated freedom both by other cult members and by the authorities of that cult One's life is presided over and there is a very real threat of punishment. Banishment or loss of social privileges is the worst punishment possible. Individualism is always given up for the good of the whole. We will often perceive that cults are myopic and dangerous yet we do not perceive reality as just as restrictive. Stand back and take a look - it's not a pretty sight. It is possible to transcend it however.
Clue #2 Jadzia Cypress spent time in a foreign country