Brave New World

Indeed, unless we choose to decentralize and to use applied science, not as an end to which human beings are to be made the means, but as the means to producing a race of free individuals, we have only two alternatives to choose from: either a number of national, militarized totalitarianisms, having as their root the terror of the atomic bomb and as their consequence the destruction of civilization (or, if the warfare is limited, the perpetuation of militarism); or else one supra-national totalitarianism, called into existence by the social chaos resulting from rapid technological progress in general and the atomic revolution in particular, and developing, under the need for efficiency and stability, into the welfare-tyranny of Utopia. You pays your money and you takes your choice.

And those are just the final words of the forward to Brave New World! Cringe-worthy when viewed a half century later, a significant segment of humanity proclaiming the state the purveyor of hope, rather than the new slave master.

I’ve thought to read Aldous Huxley’s book on many occasions, but never taken the first step. I look forward to the read, though the hair on the back of the neck is already up on its feet, to mix metaphors.

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I'm interested in theology, languages, translation and various sorts of fermentation.
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