posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 12:27 PM
Wow, I finally had a chance to read "A Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley yesterday.
This is about as close to a horror novel that I want to read. I have long been a fan if Orwell and Bradbury, this book takes it oh so much farther,
and is more accurate in the fact that we are living it. The narcissism and self absorption that he captures is eerily what I see in our society today,
shy of making babies in tubes and no longer having families, he's really not far off. He even touches on the concept of Agenda 21 in the fact that
civilized people all live right on top of each other with no desire to even visit the wild places.
Without giving the story away here is a quick synopsis for anyone who hasn't read the book. The "utopia" that Huxley creates is a sterile,
bureaucratic, controlled mess. They bio engineer the populous to suit their needs by creating a caste system. Everyone is conditioned to accept their
place in society by destroying their ability to think for themselves. They control everyone with drugs and sex, but punish anyone who has any kind of
attachment to another human being. Nobody has any concept of humanity or sacrifice or goodness anymore because they are trained to be nothing but
mindless consumers, and further conditioned to drug themselves if they begin to have any individual thought.
In general the society portrayed in this book is what serves to keep each other in line, it is horrifying to the characters for anyone to go against
"his Fordship". No longer is it the spirit that leads people, it is the mass consumerism led by leaders styled after Henry Ford. They follow an
absolutely disgusting worship of him, even though he is long dead in the novel,blind and all encompassing.The only real humanity that still exists is
on a reservation in the American southwest, approximately around the 4 corners region. The Native Americans continue their ancient lifestyle there
without the taint of modern society (though the characters in the novel feel differently about that) and the socialites can take vacations to observe
The main parallels that I see between this book and society today is the over sexualization of people, the inability or desire to care about anyone
but themselves, the blind consumption, the ability to turn on those that are individuals, the fact that entertainment is all that even matters to
anyone. They are conditioned from birth to have nothing to do with anything natural or beautiful, it is all about crude base desires and nothing
I have been wanting to read this book for so long, I am glad I did, but it creeped me out. I usually read to escape, but this was just wrong. A book
copyrighted in 1932 ( at least my copy) should not be that on track Then again Huxley is one of 'them' too I guess. I am sure TPTB view us as their
mindless workers making it possible for the Alpha double pluses to rule us properly.
I had to share this with someone, I doubt that anyone I know in real life has ever read this book. How many of you have, and what is your take on it.