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Trading Truth for Happiness – “Brave New World” – Aldous Huxley

February 16th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture, Philosophy, Science

People still went on talking about truth and beauty as though they were the sovereign goods. Right up to the time of the Nine Years’ War. That made them change their tune all right. What’s the point of truth or beauty or knowledge when the anthrax bombs are popping all around you? That was when science first began to be controlled after the Nine Years’ War. People were ready to have even their appetites controlled then. Anything for a quiet life. We’ve gone on controlling ever since. It hasn’t been very good for truth, of course. But it’s been very good for happiness. One can’t have something for nothing.

Happiness has got to be paid for. You’re paying for it, Mr. Watson paying because you happen to be too much interested in beauty. I was too much interested in truth; I paid too.”

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