The Ultimate Revolution
by Aldous Huxley.
There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.
Aldous Huxley, is renowned for his astute observations on the inherent weakness of humanity for it`s creature comforts. Bread and Circuses have such a long term, sure fire success rate, that it`s a big surprise that so many previous political, and social dictatorships haven`t copied the original template of the Roman Imperium to keeping the rabble quiet, and minds off of seditious thoughts. But, modern media services, and it`s bastard child of Beelzebub, social media, have re-invigorated the golden rule of the Caesars. Although Huxley died long before modern technology made possible surreptitious brain washing on the grand scale, he saw the gist, of a kernel of an idea, come to fruition in his fertile imagination of things to come. Emotional manipulation without the threat of physical coercion, but compliance freely, and subliminally granted by the population, in exchange for continuous pleasure to compensate for loss of personal freedoms. He generally saw this brought about through chemical stimulation, but what is the inducement of the human erogenous pleasure spot if not a chemical procedure? It doesn`t matter if it comes through the medium of media technology, or clinical drugs, it`s the same difference. The population is trapped in a cycle of artificial pleasure, from the addiction of which it is unable to break free. Life interests become trivialised and dumbed down ( one only has to look at Facebook to see this in splendid operation), leading to a disconnection with the political and social process happening around them. The only relevant thing is the next IPhone, or phone app coming out. The drug of technology is handed out in liberal doses to appease, and tranquilize; while the movers and shakers of political and economic life gradually wean us off of any interest in the continued health of the system. Dissenters can be more easily isolated, and regarded as “cranks” and “losers” for speaking out for the liberties being lost. Mr Huxley was indeed, a very intelligent, and astute man, who saw the web and weave of the future rolling off the loom. As it was in the beginning, and always shall be. Amen.