John the savage and Mustapha Mond the world controller both have their separate ideas of what happiness is. Mustapha defends the new society, pointing out the advantages that the savage world does not have, and what he perceives as the people being happy.
"But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, and I want goodness. I want sin."
"In fact," said Mustapha Mond, "you're claiming
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to achieve it. He had a perception of what in life he wanted. He wanted to experience the pain and hunger that you only can when you are truly happy. Mond gave up his chance to benefit others. If given the choice I think I would rather live in the savage society where I would have the chance to experience everything that was available. Not having life pre-determined.
1. A. Huxley Brave New World (1932), Chapter 17