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I recently re-read this satirically dystopian book. It postulated, in 1931, a theoretical future civilization, which is approaching the look and feel of the current western world. The NWO is a rapidly coalescing totalitarian, socialist society of media controlled mind-control, enforced by social conditioning, moral re-education, social herding, and never-ending amusements provided (for a modest fee) to the dumbed-down, pleasure-hungry peasants, distributed through hand-held electronic gadgets. “Happiness” is the goal…. mindless pleasure….freedom from want and pain…freedom from thinking….freedom from aging, from to conform without question to the dictates of an unseen government, and freedom to love everyone equally, and sexually. However, it does not offer or allow the an individual the Freedom to be Unhappy…..
“The world’s stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get. They’re well off; they’re safe; they’re never ill; they’re not afraid of death; they’re blissfully ignorant of passion and old age; they’re plagued with no mothers or fathers; they’ve got no wives, or children, or lovers to feel strongly about; they’re so conditioned that they practically can’t help behaving as they ought to behave. And if anything should go wrong, there’s soma.”
(soma = euphoria inducing drug provided to every citizen in “civilization”)
Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F. – “After Ford” – in the book), the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and operant conditioning that combine to profoundly change society. Huxley answered this book with a reassessment in an essay, Brave New World Revisited (1958), and with Island (1962), his final novel.