This merry character was Jose Enrich Rood, an essayist. Lived only from 1872 to 1917, so we don’t know if he would have gotten more cheerful as he aged.

You can read his wikipedia entry here. He was opposed to utilitarianism, and invented something called “Nordomania,” an excessive appreciation of North America. (He seemed to have been annoyed by North America in general.) His critique of the demeaning and debilitating effects of modernity and mechanization must have seemed brilliant at the time, but strikes us pointy-headed soft-handed intellectual nonsense today. Oh noes! I am working a specialized factory job, so I cannot work on my spirit! I am malformed! Give me a break.