A society is not reducible to individual behavior. It is greater than the sum of its individual parts. This is evident in the role society plays in modifying the individual’s behavior. We change our behavior according to the rules of a society. We adopt the conventions of the society we are in.
This ‘collective conscious’ shows that the individual does not define the society, the society defines the individual.
The individual does not decide to pass laws that reflect their values, the collective consciousness passes laws that shape the individuals’ values.