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Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

What is the purpose of the phrase "positive hindrances" in the this quote?


Demonstrate that easy living produces ineffective citizens


Emphasize a condition which occurs only in nature


Negate a belief that was widely held among his contemporaries


Highlight the idea that some comforts can produce undesired results


Contrast the thoughts of ancient philosophers that are shared in the following lines

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