Brave New World (1932) – Aldous Huxley

This week in Wednesday’s literature piece we are taking a peak at one of the all-time great novels about the dehumanising aspects of scientific progress. We were assigned to read Brave New World in High School and I’m willing to admit there was a lot I couldn’t grasp back then. I have just revisited it again, but this time in Spanish (see image inset).

The following extract from Brave New World I found congruous to what kind of worldview the new ethics movement has in store for us if not enough people have the ‘will’ to speak up for those aspects of freedom which intellectuals have outlined in my previous posts.

At a speech given in 1961 at the California Medical School in San Francisco, the author of Brave New World Aldous Huxley said: “There will be in the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it.”

Could Huxley’s forewarning be analogous to the affects social media platforms, big tech and AI (including those wretched algorithms), The Great Reset initiative by The World Economic Forum and Eugenics development have had on shaping our society’s destiny?

To set up today’s book excerpt from Chapter 16, I will give you a brief character description and some background so you can follow along:

John (The Savage) is the only major character to have grown up outside of the World State. The consummate outsider, he has spent his life alienated from his village on the New Mexico Savage Reservation, and he finds himself similarly unable to fit in to World State society. His entire world-view is based on his knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays, which he can quote with great facility.
So Mond arrives at his office and says to John, “So you don’t much like civilization, Mr. Savage.” John concedes, but admits that he does like some things, such as the constant sound of music. Mond responds with a quote from Shakespeare’s The Tempest: “Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will hum about my ears and sometimes voices.” John is pleasantly surprised to find that Mond has read Shakespeare’s Othello.

So Ladies and gentlemen, without further or do I present to you this illuminating snippet from Brave New World:

The Savage’s face lit up with a sudden pleasure. “Have you read it too?” he asked. “I thought nobody knew about that book here, in England.”

“Almost nobody. I’m one of the very few. It’s prohibited, you see. But as I make the laws here, I can also break them. With impunity, Mr. Marx,” he added, turning to Bernard.“Which I’m afraid you can’t do.”

Bernard sank into a yet more hopeless misery.

“But why is it prohibited?” asked the Savage. In the excitement of meeting a man who had read Shakespeare he had momentarily forgotten everything else.

The Controller shrugged his shoulders. “Because it’s old; that’s the chief reason. We haven’t any use for old things here.”

“Even when they’re beautiful?”

“Particularly when they’re beautiful. Beauty’s attractive, and we don’t want people to be attracted by old things. We want them to like the new ones.”

“But the new ones are so stupid and horrible. Those plays, where there’s nothing but helicopters flying about and you feel the people kissing.” He made a grimace. “Goats and monkeys!” Only in Othello’s word could he find an adequate vehicle for his contempt and hatred.

“Nice tame animals, anyhow,” the Controller murmured parenthetically.

“Why don’t you let them see Othello instead?”

“I’ve told you; it’s old. Besides, they couldn’t understand it.”

Yes, that was true. He remembered how Helmholtz had laughed at Romeo and Juliet. “Well then,” he said, after a pause, “something new that’s like Othello, and that they could understand.”

“That’s what we’ve all been wanting to write,” said Helmholtz, breaking a long silence.

“And it’s what you never will write,” said the Controller. “Because, if it were really like Othello nobody could understand it, however new it might be. And if were new, it couldn’t possibly be like Othello.”

“Why not?”

“Yes, why not?” Helmholtz repeated. He too was forgetting the unpleasant realities of the situation. Green with anxiety and apprehension, only Bernard remembered them; the others ignored him.“Why not?”

“Because our world is not the same as Othello’s world. You can’t make flivvers without steel and you can’t make tragedies without social instability. 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. Which you go and chuck out of the window in the name of liberty, Mr. Savage. Liberty!” He laughed. “Expecting Deltas to know what liberty is! And now expecting them to understand Othello! My good boy!”

The Savage was silent for a little. “All the same,” he insisted obstinately, “Othello’s good, Othello’s better than those feelies.”

“Of course it is,” the Controller agreed. “But that’s the price we have to pay for stability. You’ve got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art. We’ve sacrificed the high art. We have the feelies and the scent organ instead.”

“But they don’t mean anything.”

“They mean themselves; they mean a lot of agreeable sensations to the audience.”

“But they’re … they’re told by an idiot.”

The Controller laughed. “You’re not being very polite to your friend, Mr. Watson. One of our most distinguished Emotional Engineers …”

“But he’s right,” said Helmholtz gloomily. “Because it idiotic. Writing when there’s nothing to say …”

“Precisely. But that require the most enormous ingenuity. You’re making fiivvers out of the absolute minimum of steelworks of art out of practically nothing but pure sensation.”

The Savage shook his head. “It all seems to me quite horrible.”

“Of course it does. Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.¨

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The Democratic Collapse has Begun

When I mean ‘Democratic’ I don’t infer the Democratic Party rather the Democratic system as we know it; including its foundations and the values it represent. Today is the first time in my life time that I can recall a current sitting Democratic elected President being censured by the majority of major mainstream Media outlets. The US media by and large cut away from Donald Trump’s White House speech citing ‘false statements’ and ‘unfounded conspiracies’. The ABC, CBS and NBC all cut away.

‘Cancel Culture’ has now weaved its way into the mainstram press denying the US President his say at this most crucial time in modern US Political history. Whether you like Trump or not, every election deserves transparency and correct results. How can Florida count 5 million votes in a day, and Nevada and Arizona can’t count fractions of that within four days?

If the US President is denied the right to freedom of speech and expression by large segments of the Press, not to mention the pulling of his Tweets in Twitter and Lord only knows where else, then Ladies and Gentlemen I think its clear we are embarking on unprecented and dystopian – like territory of Big Brother control – akin to George Orwell’s 1984. And it’s uncanny the timing given the recent expulsion of Jordan Peterson and Brett Weinstein from Facebook in the lead up to the election.

Like Brett Weinstein, I personally despised both US Presidential candidates, so I pity the US voters for having to choose their poison. But the poison eminating from the pathetically ‘woke’ DNC (Democratic National Committee) is one I would be less willing to swallow given its endorsement of this Socialist (anti meta-narrative) BLM (Black Lives Matter) which possesses all the hallmarks of a regime hellbent on assuming Totalitarian control and doing away with not only ‘History’ as its understood, (see my recent article about Douglas Murray concerning that and the 1619 project discussed by Glenn Loury & John McWhorter) but the Judeo-Christian foundation which our Western cultures are built and the ensuing enlightenment our societies have thrived. It’s worth mentioning the founders of BLM are declared ‘Marxists’ according to their web site.

Since I live in a land ravaged by Socialist insurgency, I couldn’t help but think about Ben Shapiro’s recent comments or words to the effect: ‘Nearly everyone who has lived in a Socialist country doesn’t like Socialism, but mainly suburban white-left leaning ideologues living in a free-democratic country love socialism’.

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How we ‘The Silent Majority’must all stand up now! (Douglas Murray)

I wrote in an earlier podcast how I thought Douglas had done his finest in that, but here he exceeds in this most recent podcast as he tours the US for the elections.

In the beginning he begins to tell how the youth have been indoctrinated and enraptured by this new religion of left wokedness and moral virtue to fill the God-like gaping hole of meaning in their lives.

His message here about how the ‘silent majority’ must find their voice ‘right-now’ is extremely important given the caos and how the cogs of change are being so hardly driven by anarchists and those fuelled to do away with the enlightenment.

This was just such an illuminating presentation. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

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The Environmental Conundrum with Elon Musk

I haven’t read anything in the Elon Musk’s comments about his business incentives in this matter. Elon’s business is built on being more environmentally friendly and that is good – right?

We live in moderate neo-libertarian economies which on the whole have to compete at all costs. When sustainable costs go down to equal or better than those existing, then naturally the market will react more favourably for sustainable methods. I agree with him we will exit the fossil fuels era, but I have doubt about his alarmist words; like how climate sensitivity is extremely high or that it will kill more people than the World Wars combined. I think as the world undergoes the Pandemic and how the socialist-post modernist movement has gotten its strangle hold on nearly every institution especially the press and education, well… basically we have bigger fish to contend.

Not just that, but if the Western countries conceded to these current forces and implemented a carbon tax or something of that nature, we would see competing (carbon-based) industrial eastern countries with not so much democratic inclinations make huge headway in terms of global market demand. I think this has as much if not more negative impact on the quality of life of the average Western citizen than what climate change proponents could ever purport for their cause. Also, the conflicts that could occur as a result of this radical change in the world order could be catastrophic.

My message is, think twice before you espouse to what seemingly is progressive and has good moral intentions. Believe you me, I have been there.

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Is Civil War Imminent in the US? Douglas Murray alludes to its possibility.

Douglas Murray’s latest interview – as always ‘engaging’ but perplexing to say the least. This tops my favourite interview about the state of the world and mind-matters in general since COVID wreaked-havoc. Murray is one smart cookie and some have seen him as keeping to Christopher Hitchen’s spirit or taking his mantle in his absence; but whichever way I look at it, a voice like his, right now is so necessary.

In this interview Murray is captured in the foreground of London’s bridge wearing a long sleeve shirt – tight at the skin which shows us our boy Murray has been doing more than reading history and writing adnauseum during his Quarantine. Although gathering from what he brings to the discussion here you wonder if he does anything else.

Where this interview goes from the very good, to the obscenely… is when Murray makes this tranformational point at 33.00 – ‘There is a great difference of a critic who wishes you well and a critic who only wishes you ill.’ The ongoing discussion about that is priceless.

What has happened in America for 2 generations now; I would say; is that people have been taught that their country is uniquely bad…And that same thing has been creeping into Britain, and I would argue into every other Western Democracy and its got to be pushed back against….Anyone that says that the history of (insert country here – Britain in this case) is slavery and racism does not wish (insert country here) Britain well, and should not be listened to.

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Darkhorse Podcast 41 – The price to be paid for not raising a Fist

If you don’t raise your arm and fist at a US restaurant in support of BLM this is what could happen:

Discussing politics wasn’t part of my aim when I set up this blog. I even wrote how I would try to shun away from it alltogether if possible. But because a postmodern-neomarxist ideology has windswept the western-world the last 2 years (and most notably during the pandemic) I feel compelled to relay my thoughts about the dangerous times we live in.

I live in a Country called Colombia and a Continent called South America which has been gutted to the core by socialist ideological movements in recent history. The neo-marxist postmodernist movement currently underway in the Western World will undoubtedly do what it has done here and for a more extreme example – see Venezuela.

I have always said to outsiders and on this blog too, that Colombia should be the tourist Mecca of the world due to its unrivalled biological diversity and sightseeing destinations. However, a half a century of conflict between Farc (a Neo-Marxist politically armed group) and the authorities where eight million people died, disappeared or were displaced put an end to that.

The video above was forwarded in the latest ‘Bret and Heather 41st DarkHorse Podcast Livestream‘ and their discussion about it; as always compelling. I like Heather’s quotation from the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller who wrote the following about World War 2 with emphasis on the Nazi regime. It is about the cowardice of German intellectuals and certain clergy—including, by his own admission, Niemöller himself:

‘First they came for the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist, then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist, then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew…then they came for me..and there was noone left to speak for me’.

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Jordan Peterson – Intelligence Squared Podcast

‘(41.20) Lack of Freedom is more probable than Freedom….(Freedom) is always under threat…I think the fact that many comedians now won’t perform on University campuses is a very good indication of that. That’s a canary in the coalmine scenario, that’

I think this is my favourite interview of JBP and I have seen more than I care to admit. Right now, I can’t go to a news site without being inundated with far-left ‘moral crusading’ ideological propaganda. My only two news feeds that I consider something resembling impartial news is the biologist’s Brett Weinstein podcast and the inititial 10 or so minutes of a Ben Shapiro show.

Peterson like Dostevesky and Neitsche forsaw what was going to evelope the society ahead of time. The radical leftist narrative and direction is now like a cyclone destroying all before it. The COVID crises acts as their guise to dismantle all which the Western world in moderate market economies have accomplished since the enlightenment.

There are no words which can describe the extent of this political erosion and its coercion on the populace. And unfortunately those of us in the whereabouts between the extremes no longer have a voice in any instituition..ANYWHERE! The radical left have the Universities, Multi-nationals, Hollywood, and the Mainstram Press in their pockets.

So this video below remains to me very special because while the world remained asleep, one individual stood up and told it how it’s going and how it might end up if we don’t find as individuals the courage to stand up to this ideological movement which is engulfing the world. Unfortunately it appears we are failing to do that.

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Carribean Wind (1985) – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan 1985

Dylan 1985

Carribean Wind is another one of those immense Dylan songs one can find perplexing how he deemed it unreleasable material. When writing this post I was tossing up between this and Abandoned Love to declare my favourite. I realised I hadn’t accounted for Blind Willie Mctell and Series of Dreams which I’m also captivated. The legendary Biograph bootleg version of Carribean Wind is outstanding and unfortunately cannot be forwarded here due to copyright restrictions. Such is life, but I have relayed below the only other existing copy which I used to orchestral my family’s Carribean trip to Cartagena.

What’s staggering considering Dylan’s musical influence and everything else, there is no wikipedia page of this song. And look… you can harp upon song meanings in typical songs but as Paul Robert Thomas implied with Carribean Wind, this isn’t a song with a straight-forward meaning rather it’s all to do with the context Dylan found himself in:

(Carribean Wind is..) mostly as an indicator of the position of his soul, as a man who was now bereft of his family life following the embittered divorce proceedings and who had at first totally embraced Jesus Christ, but was quickly falling out of His grasp – at least the dogmatic grasp of the Christian Vineyard Fellowship, and who would soon return to the religion of his forefathers, Judaism. Read entire article.

And Mr Thomas isn’t alone in his thoughts because this song was written during the sessions for the album Shot of Love which is a fairly devout Christian album, but after undergoing a mountain of rewrites Dylan decided that the task of seeing Carribean Wind come to fruition alluded him. I have always felt it too, in listening to him, that Dylan was undergoing a struggle between Christianity and his Judaism hereditary. The track below is from one of those Shot of Love sessions which doesn’t hold a torch to the release on Biograph but it’s still plenty good. It’s extremely crude and demonstrates everything good and bad about Dylan but I like listening to him in both excesses.

The lyrics in this song differ significantly in the various versions, but whichever way you view them they are mindblowing:

She looked into my soul through the clothes that I wore
She said “we got a mutual friend standing at the door
Yeah, you know he’s got our best interest in mind”
He was well connected, but her heart was a snare
And she had left him to die in there,
Eighty payments due and he was a little behind.

Well, I slip in a hotel where flies buzz my head
Ceiling fan was broken, there was heat in my bed
Street band playing “Nearer My God To Thee”
We met in secret where we drank from a spring
She said “I know what you’re thinking, but there ain’t a thing
We can do about it, so we might as well let it be”

Unlike others who have said they don’t know where he was going with this, and the same could be said for the reaction of his whole ‘Street Legal’ (78, which I regard his greatest accomplishment) I feel its some of his most transcendent output. Our minds are complicated beasts and in these works he seems to rewake the mithological and archetypical parts of our subconcious selves – in particular Carribean Wind represents the Feminine versus Masculine pull and tug in archetpical mode. These stories go way deep and should not be discarded on a whim!

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The Last Words – “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.”

The Last Words

Every new day, every passing minute presents another chance to turn it all around. As Nirvair Singh Khalsa said ‘it’s not the life you lead, but the courage you bring to it’.

The individual is supreme. The divinity of the individual is sacred. In essence it is only the individual who has the moral responsibility and conviction to harness the courage. We are ‘Jesus’ alone in the Mount of Olives. We can’t rely on anyone. There is noone else, because Jesus even felt God had abandoned him in his darkest moment.

If we forge ahead living our lives according to not what is easy, but according to our moral convictions (this is the courage) then the fruits of our labor will be plentiful. So we will no longer be dependent on the ‘grace’ which comes with each passing minute or new day rather we as individuals will be ‘The Logos’ incarnate – ‘Word made into Flesh’. (Gospel of John)

Life presents us hundreds if not thousands of opportunities to turn it all around. This is the grace. But only the individual can face this moral dilema and enact on it, by not walking the path most accustomed or wickedly desireable, but by walking that less taken.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
– Robert Frost (The Road Not Taken)

If one foresakes ‘Grace’ too often, then the fire in one’s moral conviction and propensity to be couragous will turn to ember. That other passing minute or new day to turn it all around may be unassailable. For that reason while we still have breath we are blessed with ‘Amazing Grace’.

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ELO – Can’t Get It Out Of My Head

The next song to appear in my music library project is ELO’s ‘Can’t Get It Out My Head’. My good blogger friend Max recently showcased this one, so I’ll relay his post instead. I listened a lot to ELO in my youth. Regarding my favourite ELO song, it’s between this and ‘Telephone Line’, but I am hardly abreast of much of their discography.
I like the story about Lynn showing his Dad how he could write a tune.

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The song is appropriately named because it’s hard to get it out of your head after you listen to it. The song peaked at #9 in the Billboard 100 in 1975. The song was on the Eldorado album that peaked at #16 in 1975.

Jeff Lynne recalled that he found inspiration for the song in the unfulfilled duties of an everyday guy. “It’s about a guy in a dream who sees this vision of loveliness and wakes up and finds that he’s actually a clerk working in a bank,” he said. “And he hasn’t got any chance of getting her or doing all these wonderful things that he thought he was going to do.”

From Songfacts

This is one of several fan favorites from the Eldorado, considered by many to be Jeff Lynne’s best album. The album cover shows what appears to be the scene from the movie The Wizard…

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