Brave New World

Wednesday, 10 July 2002

It was sim­ply and well writ­ten and I was im­pressed with Huxley’s knowl­edge and in­sights into so­cial con­di­tion­ing, yet as the au­thor him­self said in his fore­ward, it has many flaws. I am now con­vinced that every utopia is at the same time an an­tiu­topia. Granted, Huxley presents a world free of virtue or vice, that cre­ates an Eden for the clones: but all this is at the price of their hu­man­ity. For all in­tents and pur­poses the ma­jor­ity is a rigidly cas­ti­gated hive mind whose abil­i­ties and dis­abilites have been for­feited by the hatch­ery. Predestination blows. It is a world with­out moral­ity, with­out choice and with­out free­dom. Like The Savage, I choose mis­ery and free­dom when the other op­tion is only the lit­eral life of an ant or worker bee.

A world is too stag­nant, too sta­ble, if there is no black or white but only grey. Everything be­comes vanilla fla­vored. No vice means no virtue, no ug­li­ness means no beauty. These con­cepts only ex­ist in di­chotomy. A hu­man cre­ated world that re­moves the pas­sion and leaves only hypnopaedic bi­o­log­i­cal ex­is­tence is not for me.

Huxley ac­knowl­edged this lim­i­ta­tion and said if he had to write Brave New World again The Savage would be given a third choice: life in ex­ile among the few sane per­sons on the Reservation.

Now I am start­ing in on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I hope she isn’t too heavy handed. I have met one of her ad­vo­cates and he was a lit­tle on the abra­sive side. but maybe that is just him.