People today do so much to kill joy that you would think they don't want it.  Don't believe it.  They do want joy.  All humans do.  That is why in the long run, hedonism has no future.  We are put together in such a way that although we can be pushed and pulled and drowsied by the flickering images of joyless desire, we cannot be satisfied by them; we know too much even in oblivion. Fallow knowledge troubles our sleep.  We lie under the prickling enchantment of the law written on our hearts, which is stronger than the counterspell and can never be quite scratched out.