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Default Re: such a thing is detrimental to the society as a whole

I would also add that in this case it also appears to be the mindset of the author. If the author - without explicitly saying it - is thinking about a subset of "society" (i.e. a group within that society) then they might use the; otherwise if they're thinking about all societies than they would not use it.
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