I just couldn’t pass this article up after I read it over at Combat Studies Group. From a ten thousand foot view, a letter from Aldous Huxley to George Orwell. Huxley wrote Brave New World and Orwell penned 1984. The authors discuss the Ultimate Revolution and their views of as Huxley puts it “the revolution that relies beyond politics and economics and which aims at the total subversion of the individual’s psychology and physiology” the other chilling quotation is as Huxley describes “My own belief is is that the ruling oligarchy will find less arduous and wasteful ways of governing and of satisfying its lust for power, and these ways will resemble those which I describe in Brave New World.”
These two men back in 1949 were hitting the proverbial nail on the head about our current government and the events that are in motion today. Huxley is also quoted and writes ” Thanks to the voluntary ignorance of our fathers, the advent of the ultimate revolution was delayed for five or six generations.” Are we not five or six generations from the founding of our nation? Ok maybe a few years more.
Huxley continues with: “Within the next generation I believe the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.”
Pretty powerful stuff! One could draw a parallel just by looking at our current education system (infant conditioning) children are taught that there are no indvidual winners and losers, we all must feel good, socialization and an entitlement is the norm. Also think about the relaxation of drug laws in some states (narco-hypnosis) along with the current attitude that if there is a sickness or a pain, just take a pill. For those that are old enough to remember the term,Tune in, turn on, and drop out comes to mind.
Our current reliance on the government, state, local, and federal for all kinds of social programs or the impression that the government likes to portray, makes Huxley’s last statement about suggesting to people into loving their servitude. All one has to do is turn on the “news” and listen to how great things are, how great your government is making your life easier, how much better off you are now than say “X” number of years ago?
I remember when Brave New World was required reading in (my) 6th grade, and thinking at the time wow what a utopia! All the drugs and sex bypassed my young brain at the time but I do recall how everyone in the book walked around in a halcyon haze, loving life. Later when I was a teenager and very aware of the Soviet Union I read 1984 and drew the mental conclusion that Stalin was meant to be the main character not Big Brother. And according to Huxley, if you believe he is right, The Stalin’s, Pol Pot’s, Mao’s are pretty much gone after their social revolutions died after years of boot to head tactics. That is not to say those types of tyrants don’t still exists.
Did these two authors have some sort of Nostradamus view back in 1932 and 1946? possibly? I beleive they had a wide eyed view of current events and were able to articulate just one of the possible outcomes of the world. But the parallels are eerily relevant then as they are today.
Granted I am not a big fan of our current administration, and I find the lack of information on a lot of topics alarming, the large purchases of ammunition by three letter agencies, and recently the opening of the skies to a future drone operations, the total buy in of the media that the government knows best are just a few. I also know that anyone can construe what they want from what they read and come a 180 degrees from my thoughts. But what I am trying convey is use your melon and think for yourself.