TASSO And yet, the object and the aim of our lives, not only the essential but the only one, is pleasure, by which I mean happiness; and it must actually be pleasure, from whatever source it may come.
GENIUS Yes, absolutely.
TASSO So that our lives, by always missing their goal, are perpetually unfulfilled; and living is, by nature, a "violent state." (*)
GENIUS It may be.
TASSO I see no "maybe" in this. But, why do we live then? I mean, why do we accept to keep living?
GENIUS What should I know about it? Surely you humans are better informed than me.
TASSO Dunno it, I swear.
GENIUS Ask some wiser guy, maybe you'll find someone who will prove able to solve this doubt.
TASSO I will do so. But, undoubtedly, this life of mine is one whole violent state. In fact, even ignoring pains, boredom alone can kill me.
GENIUS What is boredom?
. . . to be continued . . .
(*) In Aristotelian parlance, a non-natural motion, e.g. a stone being thrown upward. Tasso reference to boredom, especially while in prison, is another genuine biographical detail.