A very significant, short, succinct quote that over the last years has had an impact on both my thinking and my writings... That at the 'societal ground level,' a piece that for me personally, goes far in explaining our current and continued malaise- from the Fiscal Cliff to iPhones, from the Debt Ceiling to XXXLs, from fracking to SSRIs:
All of it seems a bit connected.
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.
Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.
Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifigal bumblepuppy.
As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and the rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”
In '1984,' Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In 'Brave New World,' they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.
In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us."
- from Amusing Ourselves To Death, Neil Postman
Happy New Year to All.