And I thought how many happy, satisfied people really do exist in this world! And what a powerful force they are! Just take a look at this life of ours and you will see the arrogance and idleness of the strong, the ignorance and bestiality of the weak. Everywhere there’s unspeakable poverty, overcrowding, degeneracy, drunkenness and stupid lies … and yet peace and quiet reign.
— Anton Chekov, ”Gooseberries”