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.

4 Comments:

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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