Changes in the Land wrote:Marshall Sahlins has pointed out that there are in fact two ways to be rich, one of which was rarely recognized by Europeans in the seventeenth century. "Wants," Sahlins says, "may be 'easily satisfied' either by producing much or desiring little." Thomas Morton was almost alone among his contemporaries in realizing that the New England Indians had chosen this second path… Pierre Biard, who also noticed this fact about the Indians, extended it into a critique of European ways of life. Indians, he said, "went about their daily tasks with great leisure, for their days are all nothing but pastime. They are never in a hurry. Quite different from us, who can never do anything without hurry and worry; worry, I say, because our desire tyrannizes over us and banishes peace from our actions."
People have an inherent desire for potential leisure time, because people inherently desire freedom. A person can spend their potential leisure time however they wish. Even if they choose to spend it working, they are still making a choose. The very existence of potential leisure time causes people to express their freedom to self determination. Because humans desire freedom by nature, they pursue wealth as a means to this ends.