Summary of “Is a Life Without Struggle Worth Living?”

Perhaps we can learn something about ourselves, and our political moment, by peering into Mill’s own crisis of faith.
Why on earth wouldn’t Mill want to achieve his life goals?
Mill never did abandon utilitarianism, though he later modified Bentham’s doctrine in subtle ways.
Mill is not at all clear about his line of thought here.
Perhaps Mill thought the same is true for adults – that facing a degree of “Struggle and privation” in life is essential to happiness, because it provides us with a vivid reminder of how lucky we are when we have it good.
Realistically, the work of improving human life and social conditions will never be “Done.” Still, it is easy to sympathize with Mill’s anxiety.
Did Mill, who admits to being something of a “Reasoning machine” throughout his teenage years, suddenly grow weary of mechanistic perfection? Perhaps he was disturbed by the imagined inhumanity of a world without struggle or privation – by the possibility that it might lack the romantic charms of human failure and frailty.
As Mill says, imaginative pleasures are available to “All human beings,” not just poets and philosophers.

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