I recently completed Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World. Good little book, difficult to get past the first five chapters as there are all sorts of made-up words and it’s all background information helping bring the reader into the world Huxley has imagined… no real plot to the story yet. Once that is out of the way though, main characters emerge and the plot moves quickly. It’s an easy read from there on out. I don’t want give you a review of the whole story. The Internet has that information in spades. I actually just want to share some of the author’s words from a letter he wrote to George Orwell regarding that gentleman’s novel 1984. Huxley saw the future as one where the populace is lulled into submission with overwhelming pleasure where Orwell imagined a draconian police state complete with Thought Police.
“The lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.”
There is much debate about who is most correct and that’s all well and good. I tend to think our fate lies somewhere in the middle and we can see glimmers of each philosophy today. Orwell saw an omniscient surveillance machine, resemblant of the NSA and its now famous PRISM program. Huxley saw a world of ecstasy-like drugs and ever-present entertainment. Both are proving to be correct.
Anyway. Good book. Give it some consideration if you find yourself looking for a thought-provoking read.