In the book Brave New World, how is it shown that freedom is more important than happiness? 

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Huxley argues that freedom is more important than happiness by presenting John the Savage as a sympathetic, honorable character, who is opposed to the superficial, shallow culture of the World State. In the World State, the entire society is void of discomfort, danger, pain, and inefficiency. Citizens are scientifically manufactured, and the society is divided into five castes. Conformity, happiness, and stability are the cornerstones of the World State. Despite this efficiency, comfort, and convenience, however, citizens' lives are completely controlled by the government, and the technologically advanced society lacks important elements of the human experience, like spontaneity, creativity, art, love, and spirituality. The citizens of the World State are portrayed as superficial, ignorant, and shallow. Many characters, like Lenina Crowne and Linda, rely on soma to suppress their negative feelings and happily conform to the shallow culture of the World State.

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