The philosopher Pyrrho happened to be aboard ship during a mighty storm; to those about him whom he saw most terrified he pointed out an exemplary pig, quite unconcerned with the storm; he encouraged them to imitate it. Dare we conclude that the benefit of reason (which we praise so highly and on account of which we esteem ourselves to be lords and masters of all creation) was placed in us for our torment? What use is knowledge if, for its sake, we lose the calm and repose we would enjoy without it and if it makes our condition worse than that of Pyrrho’s pig?

Michel de Montaigne, in his essay ‘The taste of good and evil things depends on our opinion’.
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