Orwell vs. Huxley
For a period in my life I was fascinated with science fiction novels. I've read the famous ones - 2001, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World and 1984. In this article, I shall delve into my memories of two of those novels, 1984 and Brave New World.
Huxley published his Brave New World in 1932. At the time he must have been inspired by the growing health fad movement. He probably only saw communism as a Soviet side show, and did not see fascism grow in Nazi Germany. So the health fad movement was the basis for his science fiction universe.
Huxleys vision was quelled by the rapid growth of european fascism with it's massiv war, resulting in the growth of communism.
In 1948 George Orwell published his sinister vision of the future, titled 1984. It was written under the looming threat of communist authourity. Orwells universe was one that employed good, old fashioned brute force, surveillance and constantly smoldering war to strap in the rights of the individual.
For a good deal of the latter half of the 20th century, it would have seemed as though Orwells visions were the closest to come to reality, in the form of growing numbers of communist autocracies, emplying exactly the 1984 methods to denigrate and strap the rights of the individual.
Then, two years after 1984, in 1986, Mikael Gorbachov became leader of the Soviet union, and began dismantling the autocratic empire. The Iron Curtain was withdrawn and the Berlin Wall fell. We all uttered a deep sigh of relief. The worst was over. Orwells world would not come to be. Never again would autocracy reign the world.
But in the wake of that relief, greater threats began to take their first tentative steps. The seeds of the health fad movement planted in the first half of the 20th century began to spire.
Brave New World.
I was always more fascinated with Brave New World than 1984. The methods employed in strapping the individual are much more sophisticated in Huxleys universe where perverted autocratic medical science rules. Every person in this conditioned society is created by a planned process. Each individual hypnotized and conditioned according to set schemes. Chemical and medicine corrections are available for every trait that needs to be rectified. A medical and scientific elite runs the world. All is set and planned. History is rewritten to accomodate the appropriate behavioral conditioning.
Is not the Bokanovski process of Huxleys world within reach through genetic engineering? Who will hold the patents? Is youth and beauty not being promoted in the form of plastic surgery? Is wrinkled skin not being denigrated? Is sex not being turned into a substance of pleasure? Is Viagra not its promoter? When will the medical fascist movement come up with its Soma, providing the basis for the expulsion of alchohol? When will it figure out that the economically optimal age of humans is sixty-three years? Huxley figured that out a long time ago!
If I am not much mistaken, the world we are about to be herded into in these times, is an almost exact replica of what Huxley had envisioned. Mass conditioning of the public is taking place before our very eyes. Any form of individuality is being corrected. Any form of deviation from the norm is being hammered back in place. Unhealthy behaviour is condemned. Mass hysteria is induced over uncleanliness, age and death!
The self appointed health autocracy of the planet is in process of attempting to eliminate undesired behaviors - the first target of this oligarchy being the smoking of tobacco. Why? On the grounds that IT condemns it.
In order to prevail, IT must win this first battle.
Therefore, the front line of defence against the omnipotent medical oligarchy is the cigarette. If it prevails, liberty stands. If the cigarette is defeated, liberty falls. That is what is at stake - liberty itself.
The whiteshirts are on the march. Can you hear the sexophones of their Brave New World?