I made this topic a while ago on the old GR boards only to get 4-8 replies. It was brought up in my Lit class while reading Brave New World, so now I'm asking again. Which would you prefer: Happiness or Intelligence? I'd go for happiness because, really, it's what we live for. Imagine a life and society full of complete, inextinguishable joyous, but completely stupid, oblivious, and ignorant people. It's easy to visualize, and to me seems utopia-ish. Now imagine a society full of all (and I mean ALL) knowing people who cannot experience happiness. I can't picture it nor can I see how such a society would work. Instead I think people would kill themselves because there is no purpose to their lives anymore. They know everything. They can do nothing more. Either way, soma is the answer!