It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question. The other party to the comparison knows both sides.
It may be objected, that many who are capable of the higher pleasures, occasionally, under the influence of temptation, postpone them to the lower. But this is quite compatible with a full appreciation of the intrinsic superiority of the higher. Men often, from infirmity of character, make their election for the nearer good, though they know it to be the less valuable; and this no less when the choice is between two bodily pleasures, than when it is between bodily and mental. They pursue sensual indulgences to the injury of health, though perfectly aware that health is the greater good.
I am not a Utilitarian. The author’s title is Utilitarianism. I found this quote fitting to describe why the men involved in sex crimes or who purchase women or who believe women to have no worth (or people in general).
The author of this quote grew up a devout Utilitarian follower of Jeffrey Bentham. Bentham believed the individual had no rights, but it was the Happiness (and lack of pain) of the whole society that was Morally correct and what the whole society needed to thrive in law and justice.
While he still wanted to believe in Utility, as an adult, he had conflicting ideas that the individual rights mattered and that “happiness” meant one thing to some and another to others, and that each individual’s rights should be respected, and that they could be respected using the Utilitarian model (I am not in agreement). He was a philosopher, and asking those questions lead movements regarding “individual rights” in the legal and moral sense of justice.