Is being “sapien” homo’s Achilles’ heel? Homo sapien’s life might be an easier existence but is it a better existence? Shouldn’t it be preferable to live in a state of nature? So is our sapienhood a perversity of evolution or a cruelty of creation?
I know I wax of Milton and Thoreau, and I’m not saying that toothpaste and deodorant and contraceptives (and even the occasional laxitive) aren’t HUGE improvements to our existences–but do they outweigh the peacefulness and contentment of nature?