Discontent productive of Human Happiness and the Elevation of the Species.
From Young's Spirit of Athens.
WHY are we tenacious of liberty, but because it gives an open field to that exertion of our minds or bodies, whence alone pleasure can proceed? —whether they are employed in tracking a wild beast, or in exploring a system, it is the same plea∣sure; and restriction to the man who hath once tasted it, is surely worse than death.
The discontented spirit of mankind, so often and so much deprecated by every trifler in metaphysics, is then found to be consistent with their happiness, and necessary to their improvement. Divinely is it thus instituted, that the activity of our faculties should constitute our happiness, whilst what blesses the indi∣vidual, enriches the species; and the pursuit which gives pleasure to each, tends to some acquisition pro∣ductive of further distinctions to humanity, and eli∣vating it more and more, in the system in which it makes a part.