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Brave New World or 1984, Or?

Brave New World or 1984, Or?

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Thoughts on our society and the steady drift toward nanny statism.
Thoughts on our society and the steady drift toward nanny statism.

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 Brave New World 
or 
1984
? Or?George Orwell (
1984
) and Aldous Huxley (
 Brave New World 
) both tried todescribe their visions of a totalitarian future. In both the elite few control themasses.
1984
Orwell envisioned a sort of ³perfected´ Soviet system where with the added toolsof two way televisions to observe the people in their homes, public mind control,torturous ³re-education´ for those who commit ³thought crimes,´ propaganda thatrigorously ³corrects´ history to fit the party line. Big Brother is always watching.
 Brave New World 
Huxley¶s view is similar but different. Huxley wrote Brave New World to scare people and attack H.G. Wells¶
 Men Like Gods.
He predicts advances in ³sleeplearning´ and reproductive technology. The society he writes about is one wherereproduction is a state function with the children cared for and indoctrinated from birth (a fruition of Rousseau¶s vision). The population is limited to 2 billionworldwide; everyone lives a healthy life until age 60 and then they ³die.´ Thestate¶s reproductive operation produces enough babies to maintain the populationat the desired level. The ³children´ are produced in 5 castes; from Alpha throughBeta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon. Each caste has + and ± members. While Alphaand Beta children are the result of a single fertilized egg, the lower three castes usetechniques allowing thousands of children per ovary and since each egg is split intoa hundred or more fetuses the results are rather like a production run of Chevys,Fords, etc. Intervention is applied to limit their cognitive and physical abilities.They are educated with a hypnopaedic process to implant the desired attitudes.Soma, a hallucinogenic drug is part of the culture to keep people happy.Recreational sex is pushed but marriage is not practiced at all. Individualism is just not done and considered a waste of time.So What?It seems that both visions are similar in the attempt to gain complete control of  peoples¶ lives. Both limit their individual growth and freedom greatly. Both
 
 provide little room for individual freedom or responsibility. The masses are basically converted to animals in a sociological zoo with the elite as thezookeepers. What if anything does this mean for us? I posit that it means a lotwhen you look at the trends currently in place in Western civilization at this time.I think quotes from Plato relating a couple of Socrates thoughts are a good place tostart.
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Socrates, in Plato¶s
 Lysis
, 218b, fourth century BC[Socrates comment on the right way to live]² 
 I am a stinging fly, sent to goad t 
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Plato¶s
 Apology
, 30eSocrates whose insight and impact on democracy and the very foundation of western civilization knew that ideologues, the lazy, the bad, rotten, and evil do notcontribute positively to society because they have forsaken the constant practice of facing reality and learning from it. They work hard to create false constructs toattempt to make society conform to their wishes and desires for power and wealth.Only those who realize what they don¶t know and act to learn what they can tooffset that deficit can make positive contributions to society.In addition to the foundation laid by Socrates we have those who fostered theEnlightenment principles so prominent in our founding documents. Wikipediadescribes the Enlightenment . . .
 
The
Age of Enlightenment
(or simply the
Enlightenment
or 
Age of Reason
) was acultural movementof intellectuals in 18th centuryEuropeto mobilize the power of reason to reform society and advance knowledge. It promoted intellectual interchange and opposed intolerance and abuses inChurch and state. It originated about 1650-1700, sparked by philosophersBaruch Spinoza(1632±1677),John Locke(1632±1704),Pierre Bayle(1647±1706) and scientistIsaac Newton(1643±1727). Ruling princes often endorsed and fostered Enlightenment figures and even attempted toapply their ideas of government. The Enlightenment was an elite movementof intellectuals that flourished until about 1790-1800, after which theemphasis on reason gave way toRomanticism's emphasis on emotion, andaCounter-Enlightenmentgained force.The center of the Enlightenment was France, where it was based in thesalons and culminated in the great
 E 
ncyclopédie 
(1751±72) edited byDenisDiderot(1713±1784) with contributions by hundreds of leading philosophes(intellectuals) such asVoltaire(1694±1778) andMontesquieu(1689±1755). Some 25,000 copies of the 35 volume setwere sold, half of them outside France. The new intellectual forces spread tourban centers across Europe, notably England, Scotland, the German states,the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Austria, and Spain, then jumped the Atlanticinto the European colonies, where it influencedBenjaminFranklinandThomas Jefferson, among many others, and played a major role in theAmerican Revolution. The political ideals influenced theAmerican Declaration of Independence, theUnited States Bill of Rights, the FrenchDeclaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, and the Polish± LithuanianConstitution of May 3, 1791.
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The romantic [emotional] approach has had greater and greater effect on our society starting especially in the early twentieth century. This approach hasallowed the elites to gain more and more power over peoples¶ lives through moreand more entitlement programs designed to weaken self-reliance, individualfreedom and self-responsibility for our lives while increasing our dependence onthem. This coupled with a dumbed down ³progressive´ education system hasmade it easier for the ³elites´ to sway public opinion. This has greatly increasedtheir power. Thus, the ³we must help out everyone in need´ mentality has pushedus closer and closer to socialism. Historically, socialism has never worked long

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