Aldous Huxley – Today’s Brave New World

Saturday Night – Film Night

Here’s an extraordinary find!

A 1958 interview with Brave New World author Aldous Huxley

It’s well worth listening to because of the themes he explores

And because he’s bang on with what he said would happen!

Risultati immagini per mystic meg

might as well have put away her crystal ball

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as this visionary writer looked into our future.

You’ll be shocked and surprised at what you hear.

NB – disregard the first few seconds. I’m told they were usually messy like that at the dawn of TV broadcasting

 

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Much of his work deals with the conflict between the interests of the individual and society, often focusing on the problem of self-realization within the context of social responsibility.

Brave New World, published in 1932,  imagined a fictional future in which free will and individuality were sacrificed  to achieve complete social stability.

Brave New World  depicted a dystopian (anti-utopian) world in which a totalitarian government controlled society by the use of science and technology.

Today’s  Brave New World

Here’s an interesting article speculating  how experts, computer algorithms, datasets and money helped sway the vote towards Brexit in the UK and towards  Mr Trump in the US  Presidential race to power

We will never more  be sure that what drives our vote is our own personal convictions

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/big-data-cambridge-analytica-brexit-trump?utm_source=vicefbusads&utm_campaign=interest

 

PS Anyone around today to tell us exactly what society will be like in 2077?

UK, say good-bye to Scotland leaving . . . . .

Then  say good-bye to Scotland gone . . . .

It’s not a trick

Your senses all deceiving

A fitful dream the morning will exhaust

Don’t say the moment was imagined

As someone long prepared for the secession

In full command of every plan you wrecked

The only Unionist arguments for taking Scotland and Northern Ireland out of the EU even though they voted to Remain:

*the EU referendum was conducted on a UK-wide basis,  

* won by a slim majority and

*devolved administrations have no input into Brexit negotiations

Query: Does  the UK realise it has no independent existence outside of its individual member states?

Scotland and  Ireland, including Northern ireland,   do  have an independent existence outside the UK. 

Their symbols, culture, music, dance, arts and science are recognized world-wide

Remember:  The only reason for maintaining the Union is that :

No Union = No UK.

When Scotland leaves and Ireland is re-united, there will be no UK any more

But there’ll always be an England!And England shall be free!

 

Words and song by the late, great  Leonard Cohen