Stagger to Maturity

Alfred CrosbyI discovered the quotation below from John Green on the most recent Crash Course World History video.

Alfred Crosby is a historian who wrote about how European settlers thrived in Neo-European countries. I don’t know much about him. He seems to have added a lot of information about biology to his study of history.

I’m mostly interested in him because he appears to be a lovable curmudgeon. The quote below comes from Crosby’s book The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492. It is during a discussion of the difficulties in determining the quality rather than the quantity of food people have eaten. But what the hell, he argues, quantity at least gives us some idea:

The question implies a disregard for the vital role that proteins, vitamins, minerals, etc., play in man’s alimentation. However, it is crudely true that if man’s caloric intake is sufficient, he will somehow stagger to maturity, and he will reproduce.

Normally, you have to turn to Schopenhauer for such a gay assessment of life.

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