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Our Brave New World…… September 29, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, history, horror, paganism, reading, secularism, sickness, Society.
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…….predicted nearly 100 years ago:

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I have noted with increasing discomfort for a few years now, the growing similarities between our present culture and that prognosticated by Huxley back in the 1920s.  Huxley believed that the ultimate in totalitarianism would not come with an iron boot, but a velvet glove.  Through an intentional godlessness, elevation of the material over all else, and people’s constant hunger for pleasure, pleasure, pleasure.  While there was some subtle and even overt totalitarianism in Huxley’s Brave New World, it was nothing like Orwell’s “boot, smashing a human face, forever.”  Most of all, it was a perfect prediction of how perverse and evil society can and by necessity will become, absent Faith in God.  Which is odd, because Huxley was a secular atheist.  I guess that just goes to show that even those who see the perfect evil of their own ideology, cannot overcome their attachment to it.  Grace alone suffiices, I guess.

If you’ve never read Brave New World, now might not be a bad time.  I warn you, though, parts of the book – never fully shown in any of the lousy movies made – are very difficult to stand.

Thanks to reader D for the timely reminder.

Comments

1. discipleofthedumbox - September 30, 2014

Yep. It was as if the crack in the facade of our society was made for me after I had come across and read this book. I have never been able to put the genie back in its bottle ever since.

2. c matt - September 30, 2014

As TSE pointed out: This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper. The slow, manipulative nature of the change makes it very difficult to confront, and quite frustrating. They certainly know what they are doing, I’ll give them that.

Another similar dystopia is “This Perfect Day,” same general theme of trading freedom for comfort and security, and ultimately losing any sense of purpose – at least for those who wake from the pleasant stupor.

3. Observer - October 4, 2014

We appear to be living through the era presciently predicted by Aldous Huxley.The most pervasive and effective medium of propaganda is television. Don’t watch it!! You’ll be much happier and healthier.
(PS, T de Chardin’s “The Phenomenon of Man” is also a bit creepy)


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