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THE NONSENSE FILTER
“What do you think Tom?” Vernon optimistically quizzed one of England’s finest, thumping a textbook on the desk for effect. “Happiness is the greatest good. Happiness is the criterion, the gauge of goodness.”
“I don’t mind” said Tom shrugging his shoulders generously.
“Tom don’t be a jelly.” Drew groaned. “You mean Bentham don’t you Sir?”
“Yes in the first instance. He formed the Utilitarian assumption that the basic human need was for happiness in the form of calculable pleasures. On the basis of this you could gauge the extent of an action’s goodness.”
“In that case I don’t mind either.” said Drew smugly.
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