"The principal task of civilization, its actual raison d'être, is to defend us against nature."

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Austrian neurologist

principal (adjective): main, chief; most important
task (noun): job, duty
civilization (noun): the organization and development of human society
raison d'être (noun): the reason for something's existence (French: "reason for being")
defend (verb): protect; fight back

Contributor: Josef Essberger