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[man] makes himself the instrument of somebody or something outside of himself; he need not solve the problem of living by productive activity.

Bold part means “a man doesn't need to solve any problems”, not “a man have no problems to solve”? Is it common phrase?

marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Jul 29 '14 at 19:27

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  • he need not means the same thing as he doesn't need to, if that's what you're asking. – user85526 Jul 29 '14 at 19:00
  • Yes. Could you post that as answer? – user86338 Jul 29 '14 at 19:07
  • Hmm. The way the politics work on this site, I think I'd rather you clarify your question first. Then I'll think about it, and possibly post it as a more expanded answer. – user85526 Jul 29 '14 at 19:10
  • What can I do to clarify question? – user86338 Jul 29 '14 at 19:15