I ask if anyone has ever heard tell of a savage who was living in liberty ever dreaming of complaining about his life and of killing himself.
Gist of Idea
I doubt whether a savage person ever complains of life, or considers suicide
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Discourse on the Origin of Inequality , Part I)
Rousseau's state of nature is much too remote from any current tribal life for this to be tested. It is a nice speculation. Do apes ever attempt suicide?
Rousseau,Jean-Jacques: 'The Basic Political Writings', ed/tr. Cress,Donald A. [Hackett 1987], p.52