My Brave New World …

huxleyI read Thomas Moore’s Utopia when I was very young – I went to a small Catholic school and well, when you are taught by nuns and brothers and priests, you read stuff like that. And you research. And you learn. And you wonder why a man thought to be so devote to his church, would fictionalize a utopic society that made divorce and women priests and euthanasia acceptable …

I don’t remember much of the language in Utopia – heck, I don’t remember any of it … so I looked it up and was shocked to learn that one of the things Moore proposed should exist in his perfect society would be the alleviation of capital punishment just because a person stole something. Imagine that – if you would … imagine that the idea of not killing another human being because he stole bread to feed his family … blankets to keep warm … a look into a lord’s or lady’s eyes – imagine that NOT murdering that man would be so farfetched an idea it could only be visualized in a society that didn’t exist. That couldn’t exist.

Years later – although not at the recommendation of any priest I knew – I read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and I was, again, fascinated by everything the book suggested. Living here in the Western world it’s intriguing to be brought into such a caste-based society – where Alpha’s do as they please, and Epsilons do nothing other than take out the trash. Where everyone is predestined to become not what they will, but what’s been decided. And where the people living by freewill and desire alone are called savages. And then … then I had this thought: What IF what we’ve become isn’t so far removed from Mr. Huxley’s interpretation of the future? What IF we’ve become a society that’s so concerned about keeping proper order that we’ve hindered progress … it is possible. Just something to think about …

Today’s post inspired by The Daily Prompt: Idyllic“What does your ideal community look like? How is it organized, and how is community life structured? What values does the community share?”

(And for fellow Huxley fans, while I don’t want to live in a world where order is kept by separation, I would like to live in a world where Soma holidays existed – I mean wouldn’t you?)

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