"A nation of millionaires"

"THERE cannot be a nation of millionaires, and there has never yet been a nation of utopian comrades; but there have been any number of nations of tolerably contented peasants."

~G.K. Chesterton: The Outline of Sanity.

Peasants by the Hearth, by Pieter Aertsen.
Oil on wood, 1560's; Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp.