We know too much and feel too little. At least we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.
There is equality where all are slaves, as well as where all are free. This shows that equality, by itself, is not enough to make a good society.
In national politics, where you are one of some twenty million voters, your influence is infinitesimal unless you are exceptional or occupy an exceptional position. You have, it is true, a twenty-millionth share in the government of others, but only a twenty-millionth share in the government of yourself. You are therefore much more conscious of being governed than of governing.
A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.