posted on Oct, 4 2018 @ 04:38 PM
Who was right? Aldous Huxley in his revolutionary work named in the title or George Orwell, in his dystopian 1984? One tells a story and warns us of a
totalitarian government taking away rights and freedoms from people, free thought -- all that which makes us human. On the other hand, Huxley presents
a much more realistic future, one where people willingly give up their freedoms, their thoughts and in the end themselves.
I believe that as much as we fear 1984, we have already entered the age of the Brave New World -- we live it and we are surrounded by characters from
the book, daily.
I have never before lived through a time where government and authority was trusted and believed in as much as is happening now. We have people who
not only refuse to use their higher critical thinking skills and question those in power, they are actively trying to persuade others that everything
is alright, just to trust in the government and that they will take care of us.
Look outside or look on these forums, and every day without fail, you will see numerous people or threads telling you it is ok to be lied to. Certain
elements will almost daily tell us that they are being lied to and they see no issue with it. Then a colleague of theirs will chime in and make this
same ridiculous, defeatist statement, to support the first one and give weight to it – conditioning others to be alright with it.
People say that everyone lies and everyone steals, therefore it's ok to trust in a government that does. Then they say that treating people as less
than people is alright because they don't have the same papers as us. Then they say that children aren't really children, because they have a
different shade of skin or that they disobeyed a law and deserve such treatment. Or that other people are worth less because of their religion and so
We could go on and on, the examples are plenty and it’s happening all around us -- being done by us and made alright by us -- no one else. We are
handing out the Somas to each other, trying to get others to fall into the same hole we stand in, instead of trying to get ourselves and others out of
those holes. We are creating the subclasses of losers from Brave New World whose only role is to support and idolize the winners at the top.
And we’re doing it to ourselves, with a Soma smile.
We need no assistance, we need no push, we need no government to tell us to do this to each other – we’re already there. The Brave New World is
all around us and we didn’t even notice its arrival. We were preoccupied with sex and below average IQ entertainers and sports players, taking our
Somas and enjoying the new world while we completely missed our values and morals stripped away.
- Hey you’re being lied to! - So what, everyone lies!
- Hey you can be tracked through that phone! - Oh well, they’ve been tracking us a while!
- Hey that guy evaded and broke the law! - It’s all good, he’s my guy, don’t worry about it!
- Hey those are children! - Hey, don’t… nom nom nom Somas.
Well, I’m not taking your Somas, and I’m not ok with being lied to! And I’m not ok with casual theft or tax evasion, no matter who it is. And
I’m not ok with expedited investigations into sexual crimes, I’m not ok with bringing more money into politics and I’m not ok with having to
fight for human rights established decades ago. Oh, did I say I was not ok being lied to?
I suggest people skip a few days of their Soma allotment and see if they can get a glimpse of outside. It’s not all sunny all the time and there’s
a lot of work to be done.
Orwell thought fear would ruin us, but Huxley was wise enough to realize that what we love will ruin us. That which we blindly adore will ruin us.