Category: Ursula K. Le Guin

The trouble is that we have a bad habit …

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.

from “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”
a 1973 short story by Ursula K. Le Guin