Man is stupid, you know, phenomenally stupid; or rather he is not at all stupid, but he is so ungrateful that you could not find another like him in all creation. I would not be in the least surprised if all of a sudden, A PROPOS of NOTHING, in the midst of general prosperity, a gentleman with an ignoble, or rather with a reactionary and sardonic countenance, were to arise and, putting his arms firmly at his sides, say to us all: "Gentleman, hadn't we better kick over the whole show and scatter rationalism to the winds, simply to send these logarithms to the devil, and to enable us to live once more at our own sweet foolish will!" That wouldn't matter either, but for the regrettable fact that he would be sure to find followers. Such is the nature of man. And all that for the most foolish reason: all man wants is an absolutely FREE choice, whatever that freedom may cost and wherever it may lead him to...
Notes from the Underground