This is a NASRADDIN HODJA moment. The discerning reader will make the intellectual leaps necessary to see the relevance of the story:
One day, an old friend asked Hodja to lend him a donkey, so that he could take some property to the market. Hodja replied that the donkey was busy at his brother's house. As the words left Hodja's lips, there was the sound of a donkey braying loudly, coming from just around the side of Hodja's house.
"I am shocked that you tried to trick me," said the friend. "We have known each other for so many years."
"Not enough years, perhaps," complained Hodja. "Don't you know yet that I am an honest man? You don't want to take my word but you are prepared instead to believe an old donkey!"
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)