Originally Posted by BenG
The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. If you can’t lick ’em, join ’em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else.
--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
One of my top few favorite short stories the last few years. Excellent, excellent stuff!