Friday, January 20, 2017

"Huxley vs. Orwell"

"Huxley vs. Orwell"
by  Neil Postman

“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that 
there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one...
Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information.
 Huxley feared those who would give us so much
 that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism... 
Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. 
Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance...
Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy...
As Huxley remarked in 'Brave New World Revisited', the civil libertarians and the rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In '1984,' Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In 'Brave New World,' they are controlled by inflicting pleasure...
In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us.
 Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us."
Huxley was quite obviously correct...

1 comment:

  1. Huxley was Orwell's ( Blair ) respected instructor. But it was not Aldous Huxley or his brother who brought on the programming of the world. That little job fell to Julian and his pet project for regulating global indoctrination UNESCO. The results certainly caused the Dumbing Down recounted so eloquently by Charlotte Iserbyt.