Light bulb moment.. Brave New World

Bing! light bulb… this explains much: Huxley’s Brave New World Themes, Motifs & Symbols: “THE INCOMPATIBILITY OF HAPPINESS AND TRUTH”

LINK: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/bravenew/themes.html

THE INCOMPATIBILITY OF HAPPINESS AND TRUTH

Brave New World is full of characters who do everything they can to avoid facing the truth about their own situations. The almost universal use of the drug soma is probably the most pervasive example of such willful self-delusion. Soma clouds the realities of the present and replaces them with happy hallucinations, and is thus a tool for promoting social stability. But even Shakespeare can be used to avoid facing the truth, as John demonstrates by his insistence on viewing Lenina through the lens of Shakespeare’s world, first as a Juliet and later as an “impudent strumpet.” According to Mustapha Mond, the World State prioritizes happiness at the expense of truth by design: he believes that people are better off with happiness than with truth.