Monday, January 29, 2007

I Am Beyond Being Suprised

Huxley's Brave New World was a satire written in response to H G Wells' vision of a utopian future in which life is beautiful and meaningless, pleasant and empty.

While I would not mind an easier, more pleasant life, I am not so sure I want a life where I cannot make a difference, where I have no choices but want what I am programmed to want, and where dreams of new accomplishments and their subsequent fulfillment are non-existent.

Yet there are "intellectuals" in the academic community who are saying that Huxley was unfair and that his vision is actual a wrongly darkened view of a glorious human future. To be fair they acknowledge that some things Huxley saw would be wrong, but those are easily changed in a manner that they suggest. Basically the work is a defence of social engineering.

I just wonder where these people come from.

I am not going to challenge this person point for point at this time; it's probably not even worth the effort to do so. I just find it astonishing that some people would want such a world but you know there are. In fact they are very common in some circles.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's surprising how many people want that type of lifestyle. The lifestyle of entitlement where they can walk around mindless and unproductive.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course you realize shoprat that back when you and i joined and we doing our active duty and Nam was taking place, social engineering was a prime activity of those times..and those of us in the military during the 60's, and 70's were/are the results of a lot of that social experimentation....

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't agree with Don that being Patriotic is a result of social experimentation. Love of one's country seems to me to be a natural thing when the country has accomplished greater things than any other country in the world, including freedom of speech and religion. "Not" appreciating this country definitely is a result of social experimentation by liberals in our education system who want a socialistic (soon to be communistic) government. Socialism always leads to communism.

Good post, Shoprat. Nothing surprises me at this point either... not anymore! :(

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gayle - you ought to check my post - i did not say, or even imply, that patriotism is a result of social experimentation. we all served our country (and continue to) due to our patriotism. but our social awareness, who we associate with, a lot of our conservative values, were set during our military service. if anything our patriotism is stronger as a consequence of the social engineering of that time.

11:47 AM  

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