Saturday, February 11, 2012

Schopenhauer on Mai Tai

I've started to develop a fictional little experimental desert island called Mai Tai, where all material needs are satisfied. What happens then? How do people live?

There is one answer in Sarah Ahmed's book, The Promise of Happiness, which I discussed just below

She  quotes Schopenhauer, who says:

Imagine this race transported to a Utopia where everything grows of its own accord and turkeys fly around ready-roasted, where lovers find one another without any delay, and keep one another without any difficulty: in such a place some men would die of boredom or hang themselves, some would fight and kill one another and thus they would create for themselves more suffering than nature inflicts on them. (p175)

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