Suppose a man finds himself a talent which might make him a useful man in many respects. Buthe finds himself in comfortable circumstances and prefers to indulge in pleasure rather than take pains in enlarging his happy natural capacities.
It has made me think.We live in a way that no other animal has ever lived: our lifestyle is unprecendented in the history of the planet. Often,we like to congratulate ourselves on the cities we have built, the gadgets we can buy, the rockets we send to the moon. But perhaps we should not be proud. Something about the way we live means that, for many of us, life comes to seem unbearable, a long melancholy ache of despair