I’ve been fascinated with the idea that our ancestors may have been healthier and happier as hunter gatherers than as farmers. In Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens, he makes a good argument for this.
and everything / Was toil, relentless toil, urged on by need.
It took centuries to domesticate the wild
goat, grow almonds and olives from seed,
harvest barley with stone sickles.