Monasticism there does the same harm ; it was born in the warm Oriental coun­tries where a per­son is less incli­ned to action than to spe­cu­la­tion.

In Asia, the num­ber of der­vi­shes or monks seems to increase with the warmth of the cli­mate : the Indies, where it is exces­si­vely warm, are full of them ; in Europe we find that same dif­fe­rence.

To over­come the indo­lence of the cli­mate would require laws that sought to sup­press all means of living without wor­king ; but in the south of Europe the laws do just the oppo­site : they give posi­tions sui­ted to the spe­cu­la­tive life to per­sons who wish to be idle, and attach immense wealth to them. Those per­sons who live in an abun­dance which they find one­rous rightly donate their sur­plus to the popu­lace : they have lost the pro­perty of goods, and are com­pen­sa­ted for it by the idle­ness they are made to enjoy, and thus they manage to embrace even their poverty.