Hypothetically speaking, would people really be happy if they had everything they needed? Both materially and socially (family, friends, love, etc.)?
I'm not convinced. I feel like ist's basically impossible to be 100% happy/content in life. It's not in our nature. It's almost like we're happiest when we have at least some level of REAL adversity. In fact, this might be the feature in humans that progresses society. We're always willing to chase what we think would bring us happiness, and thus we invent shit, create social systems, etc. etc. Seems like we only progress when we're not happy with some aspect of our lives. So long as we're always unhappy, we will continue to progress.
Thus, I propose that people who are given everything they want/need and left to idle, would likely engage in self-destructive behavior. I think I do generally
agree with "idle hands are the devil's workshop." Or rather, I'm more convinced of that, than people are capable of being truly happy if given everything they want.
No, I'm not proposing that we keep people poor so that they can be happy.
Though, there are very poor people that are VERY happy with their lives.