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.