Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thursday Thoughts #2: Orwell vs. Huxley

As it turns out, I have a lot of thoughts so I'm going to turn this into an interactive weekly linky thing. Not sure if I would classify it as a meme right now only because so far I'm the only one doing it. So, here we go. If you have thoughts on this week's subject, make a post and add it to the linky at the bottom of the post.

This week's Subject: Orwell Vs. Huxley

I'm sure you all know this already but Orwell and Huxley had very different views as to exactly how our freedoms would be taken away. Orwell had a pretty grim outlook on things, as he summed up in one sentence from 1984: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” So basically no fun, no smiles, just mean people holding you down with fear and loathing

Huxley had a different opinion in Brave New World : “...most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.”  So basically...

When I first thought about these parallels, I thought Orwell was out of his mind. I saw Facebook and Youtube and the Kardashians and thought "we are way too distracted to be angry." Then I married a conspiracy theorist. Then I saw the smaller media outlets that "the government" doesn't want you to hear from. I started noticing the overwhelming amount of cameras and the surprising lack of police accountability. 

So I had to ask myself again. Who was right? These days I'm leaning towards Orwell. But the only reason we haven't revolted is because we're led to believe it was Huxley. 

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