In order to allow for the emergence of something on a collective scale, individuals have to give up some amount of autonomy on the individual scale.
The act of coordinating your actions with another’s is a fundamentally sacrificial act on the individual scale. No longer are your actions entirely self-determined.
Yet, coordination is also a fundamentally constructive act. It establishes interdependence, and breathes life into a collective organism, with a new autonomy on a larger scale.
The suggestion is that autonomy is naturally conserved across scales. To give up autonomy on one scale is to gain it on another.
Quite often, it is the ignorance of this fact that allows people to justify their own selfishness, and the selfishness of others.