Thursday, March 08, 2012

Aldous Huxley Wrote To George Orwell

Brave New World V. 1984

"In October of 1949, a few months after the release of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four, he received a fascinating letter from fellow author Aldous Huxley — a man who, 17 years previous, had seen his own nightmarish vision of society published, in the form of Brave New World. What begins as a letter of praise soon becomes a brief comparison of the two novels, and an explanation as to why Huxley believes his own, earlier work to be a more realistic prediction."

Within the next generation I believe that the world's rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that 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. In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World. The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency. Meanwhile, of course, there may be a large scale biological and atomic war — in which case we shall have nightmares of other and scarcely imaginable kinds.

Thank you once again for the book.

Yours sincerely,

Aldous Huxley"



Amusing Ourselves To Death

3 Comments:

Blogger Brandt Hardin said...

Huxley indeed is turning in his grave. He is one of my favorite authors and raised serious issues and made world-wide breakthroughs in the research of psychedelics as well as our cognitive liberties. I drew a portrait as homage to the man and his works. Let me know what you think of it at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/07/aldous-huxley-rolls-in-his-grave.html

8/3/12 4:41 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Most excellent Brandt. I like the auric waves surrounding his head, because although I can't readily see other peoples' auras, sometimes I see exactly what you portrayed emanating from my own body.

8/3/12 7:53 PM  
Anonymous abi said...

I think both Huxley and Orwell were right about the direction we're heading in. If they can't amuse us into submission, they'll badger, intimidate, or otherwise hound us until we submit.

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength

Looks like a poster you'd see at a Tea Party rally.

10/3/12 5:51 AM  

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