Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe a story full of wisdom

I’ve always enjoyed the thought that life viewed through “rose coloured glasses” is a good method of reducing anxiety. Or at other times I’ve compared myself to the cartoon character Mr Magoo where he walks through a battle field, with his nose in a book, bombs going off to the left of him and to the right of him, but he is oblivious to the danger and so he is content. He doesn’t know he should be afraid.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

With these imaginings in mind I recognised and understood the following quote from Robinson Crusoe:

How infinitely good that Providence is, which has provided, in its government of mankind, such narrow bounds to his sight and knowledge of things; and though he walks in the midst of so many thousand dangers, the sight of which if discovered to him, would distract his mind and sink his spirits, he is kept serene and calm, by having the events of things hid from his eyes, and knowing nothing of the dangers which surround him. Source: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe Chapter 14.

These words were written by Daniel Defoe back in the early 1700s. It may not fascinate many but it certainly fascinates me. The fact that over 200 years ago a writer put into words a way of thinking that assists us get through modern life by reducing our anxiety.


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