The title says it all. I will include an example sentence to contextualise how I want to use this word:
Cooperation, reciprocity and trust are the _____ to human prosperity—not selfishness.
Of course I can reframe the sentence and just simply say “are crucial to” or “are pivotal to”, but I really want a plural noun that is similar to fulcrum to designate more than one thing as being pivotal to give the sentence extra “punch”.
I checked and found that ‘fulcra’ is the plural noun of fulcrum, but it just sounds a little awkward for my liking and I could not find sufficient examples of it used in sentences.