Friday, March 06, 2009

O Brave New World!

Critical reviews of Brave New World abound. Reams of analysis can be found via the google touch. This is not a review or analysis. How presumptuous it would be for me to attempt either! This is just an admonition to read - or reread - the book. These are just random thoughts about the book, in no particular order.

How can you read "Everyone works for everyone else" and not hear Joe Biden telling "rich people" to pony up and be patriotic by paying more taxes.

The term "mother" is nearly pornographic and "father" is slightly less obscene but also sort of funny. Hm: Here's a headline: IVF mothers can name anyone "father" on birth certificate.

The idea of "family" is gone, replaced by casual, impermanent relationships. Sexual promiscuity is encouraged; close, loving relationships are not. The society is the family now. Are we there yet? Not quite, but remember Obama's Zero to Five plan. Get those kiddies out of the house and in school! We're not quite to the hypnopaedia stage. at least.

Solitude is discouraged. Everyone belongs to everyone else. Consumption is critical: Old clothes are beastly. We always throw away old clothes. Ending is better than mending.

Reading? Books are gone. You can't consume much if you sit still and read books. Sports - always involving equipment, remember consumption is critical - and "feelies" fill everyone's non-working hours. Everyone's happy in their work because they are bred to be. No one breaks out of their "caste." No one wants to.

Unpleasant thoughts are whisked away with a good dose of soma. No one gets old, ugly or fat...

Just read it.


Sandy said...

I don't know if I could read this just now, as it would probably scare the heck out of me...on the other hand...if we all do the opposite of what the book says, maybe we could get our country back.

Sheryl said...

I agree with Sandy. I read it a couple of years ago and then passed it on to Steve. It frightened me then, and I just don't think I could stomach it right now.

DADvocate said...

The Zero to Five program is absurd. The best educational unit for a infant or toddler is the family. But that won't allow the indoctrination, will it? Yes, very scary stuff.

Birdie said...

So true. George Orwell's "1984" is another book that seems to be coming true, unfortunately.