Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Brave New World



My thoughts on the aftermath of the mid-term elections...

When's the last time you read Huxley?

I am personally pleased Tim Pawlenty was re-elected as our State's Governor. Is he mediocre? Weak? I think that is the state of post modern man.

The loss in Missouri for a ban against stem cell research, the loss in South Dakota for a complete ban on abortion...it doesn't bode well. Nancy Pelosi - Italian or not - leading the House? It doesn't bode well. Bush finally dumping Rumsfeld? Well you know...

A merger is occurring in our midst. Huxley's book seems rather prophetic today. Prozac nation and all. Here are some thoughts from Wikiquote - Sorry, I'm politick-ed off - I didn't want to take the time to page through my copy of the novel for relevant quotes...


"Bokanovsky's process is one of the major instruments of social stability!" A reference to the importance that the World State attaches to human cloning. Or stem-cell research.

"Every one belongs to every one else." A government slogan encouraging sociability and sexual promiscuity. As well as acceptance of homosexual marriage and selective family planning.

"Community, Identity, Stability." The motto of the World State. It takes a village.

"No social stability without individual stability." Refers to mass use of soma to create "stable" citizens who conform to societal norms. The current wide usage of Zoloft, Prozac and other anti-depressants.

"Christianity without tears — that’s what soma is." Mustapha Mond's summarization of the hypnotic, revered drug soma. Effective implementation of separation of Church and State.

"But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin." John's interpretation of social norms being restrictive, denying him the opportunity to experience the human condition. Legislation against hate crimes, as well as restrictions on religious liberty.

"In fact, you are claiming the right to be unhappy." Is Mustapha Mond's response to the previous quote. The United States will always uphold the Constitutional right to "the pursuit of happiness."

We are living the future.

4 comments:

  1. Interesting that you should post about "Brave New World."

    I woke up this morning dreaming/thinking about "Brave New World" and wondering if it is out of copyright so that I could post the chapter on the visit to the "laboratory" where the embryos were "acclimated." Can't remember what words Huxley used. Probably not those.

    But it scared me then (early 60s) and it scares me now.

    A quick glance at Google doesn't show me a Gutenberg file, but there are enough other articles that I would bet that I can find something.

    Check me out tomorrow.

    Thanks for reminding me.

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  2. This is a couple of months old and I don't know where to put it so your regulars can read it, but I had not seen this before so here goes:

    Father Z today had a link to the NCRegister and an article by Eric Scheske on "clerical bloggers."

    http://ncregister.com/site/article/138

    Interesting and all the regulars that I like showed up. So I approve.

    But after that, Eric has a "Blog of the Month" recommendation and who did he choose but the only (at that time) "Doppel Blogger" in St Blog's Parish: our own Terry!

    Monthly Blog Pick"

    "Ask a regular blogger about blog problems and he or she will mention the need to add fresh content regularly. Blogging studies show that a typical blog must be updated almost every day in order to attract meaningful traffic. That becomes a drain after a while.

    "But there’s one guy who single-handedly maintains two blogs and adds fresh content regularly: Terrance Nelson. He’s the man behind Abbey Roads (abbey-roads.blogspot.com) and Rome-ing Catholics (rome-ingcatholics.blogspot.com). He does a good job of keeping both current. I visit them almost every weekday, and I’m rarely disappointed for clicking over.

    "Abbey Roads is an eclectic blog. Readers will find posts on pop culture, socio-political affairs and church events, with commentary from a spiritual angle. Nelson says the topics range from priestly reprimands to “how young men can remain chaste in a sexualized culture, with a few oddball things thrown in, such as my stance on pregnant women who wear tight tops in public with their belly exposed.”

    "I find Nelson’s candor refreshing. I suspect most Register readers will, too.

    "Rome-ing Catholics is narrower. It focuses on saints, feast days and Catholic products. It’s somewhat serious, but I appreciate its contemplative pace.

    "Until next month, may your mouse stay warm in the cool days of Autumn.


    "Eric Scheske blogs at The Daily Eudemon (www.ericscheske.com/blog)."

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  3. just me7:17 PM

    Bring on the trophies....We love you, Terry and we love what you write. Even when I we can only comment once in a while because the content is waaaay over my head!

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  4. Ray, thanks for posting-

    That is too, too neat...

    & so, so true!:)

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