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Insensible as he is to a thousand wants, and removed from harassing cares, may not the savage be the happier man of the two? Options
Daemon
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Insensible as he is to a thousand wants, and removed from harassing cares, may not the savage be the happier man of the two?

Herman Melville (1819-1891)
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A glimpse of the Garden of Eden, but alas, as a way of human development, that thing of the old dead past. Though that don't deny success of some lucky adventurous individuals. Take care!
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Daemon wrote:
Insensible as he is to a thousand wants, and removed from harassing cares, may not the savage be the happier man of the two?

Herman Melville (1819-1891)


The other of the two is unhappy enough to begrudge even the savage.
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Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013 3:11:12 PM

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Removed from harassing cares?

In my opinion, I'm not so sure one is "removed" from those cares when one is living on the edge of the daily need for food, shelter, protection from the elements, victim of accident or illness that can kill easily.

It was this type of thinking in the nineteenth century that led to the idea of "the noble savage", a misnomer at best. There is nothing "noble" about eking out a living and surviving at a level just above that of beasts.
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What is happiness?
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