Discontent is a Prerequisite for Philosophy

Ah, you people say that we should try to fix the world – that we should try and create heaven on earth! But without a miserable world, philosophy wouldn’t exist! People who are happy never ask questions. Those who are unhappy, empty and unsatisfied make the best philosophers. After all, if Siddhartha had remained happy then he would have never left palace of his dreams. I’m afraid that discontent is a prerequisite for philosophy. In a perfect world philosophy wouldn’t exist.

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