I've thought about this quote like six times since I first read it Wednesday.
Life is short. Spend it involved in the never ending and often thankless toil for improving the lot of fellow humans? Or noping the fuck out and squeezing life's lemons? That's a false dichotomy, but it predicts a lot of human behavior.
I read yesterday that Rousseau summed up the world as the conflict between "natural man" and "unnatural man", or primal instinct vs civilization, and that history is nothing more than the gyration of this conflict around its equilibrium.