Brave New World vs 1984: Huxley Tells Orwell “I Was Right”

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Truthstream Media
Aaron & Melissa Dykes
February 20, 2020

 

 

Here’s our latest video – another Brave New World/ 1984 themed video, in conjunction with the recent video “Understanding the Fabian Window.”

This video hinges upon the 1949 letter that Aldous Huxley sent to George Orwell shortly after the latter published 1984, and shortly before he died.

In this letter, Huxley not only makes clear that he believes his own Brave New World trumps the vision of 1984, but that CONDITIONING is the key to the control of the future.

The grim, nightmarish world to come, if it hasn’t already begun to grip around us, isn’t based upon bald tyranny and torture, but a subtle venom of comfort with the system-that-shouldn’t-be.

According to Huxley, it is a combination of psychology and physiology which will control the man of the next – and potentially final – revolution, in which servitude, disguised as leisure, defines mankind’s condition.

The world is eerily similar to the one also imagined by the cyberneticians which we covered in ‘The Minds of Men’  [https://youtu.be/LQucESRF3Sg] – the idea that changes to man’s perception of his environment would account for his relative bliss; that psychology and physiology would regulate man’s condition primarily through the nervous system; that input-output feedback would create the metabolism of comfortable culture. It also happens to fit, quite nicely, with the age of the internet, and technology more broadly, which interacts rather directly with the nervous system; triggers certain emotions, and generally bypasses the conscious brain in establishing norms.

None of this is healthy for a truly free people – whatever that might be, and wherever it might have been recognized and present in our history as humans.