"I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently, assumed it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption....
"Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know. It is our will that decides how and upon what subjects we shall use our intelligence. Those who detect no meaning in the world generally do so because, for one reason or another, it suits their books that the world should be meaningless....
"The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics; he is also concerned to prove there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do....
"For myself, as no doubt for most of
my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument
of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation
from an certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain
system of morality. We objected to the morality
because it interfered with our sexual freedom; ...."
All taken from: HUXLEY, Aldous, Ends and Means, Chatto & Windus, London; The Macmillan Company of Canada, Limited, Toronto, 1937, pp 270/272/273. (ed. note: this book is an examination of the dominant (secular) social and political ideology of its time, the author's thesis - and mindset - being underwritten entirely by evolutionary thinking)