Suffering does not lead to revolt

This is not what I remember from my History classes at school:

Where people toil from sunrise to sunset for a bare living, they nurse no grievances and dream no dreams.

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Discontent is likely to be highest when misery is bearable; when conditions have so improved that an ideal state seems almost within reach.

In no one of the periods which have followed the Revolution of 1789 has the national prosperity of France augmented more rapidly than it did in the 20 years preceding that event. […] “the French found their position the more intolerable the better it became.” […] It is not actual suffering but the taste of better things which excites people to revolt.

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The intensity of discontent seems to be in inverse proportion to the distance from the object fervently desired.
— Eric Hoffer, “The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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