Lessons on Happiness

I always thought that life is a sum of happiness. Our task, simply, is to try and be as happy as possible.

Here is an excerpt from Brave New World, an amazing book I read recently:

“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

“In fact,” said Mustapha Mond, “you’re claiming the right to be unhappy.”

“All right then,” said the Savage defiantly, “I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.”

“Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen to-morrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.” There was a long silence.

“I claim them all,” said the Savage at last.

Life isn’t a sum of happiness any more than a painting is a sum of red, green, and blue, or a poem a sum of words.

New day. New lessons.

One thought on “Lessons on Happiness”

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