Huxley or Orwell

Michael Horton in Christless Christianity writes:

“In his book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Jewish writer Neil Postman (a communications professor at New York University) points out the difference between two apocalyptic scenarios. George Orwell’s 1984 predicts a society ruled by ‘Big Brother’ — a totalitarian regime. Congratulating ourselves on having dodged Orwell’s prophecy, at least in America, we have forgotten Aldous Huxley’s slightly older Brave New World, with a quite different scenario. While Orwell predicts an externally imposed oppression, Huxley imagines a self-imposed captivity:

“As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think. 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 centrifugal bumblepuppy.”

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Comments

  1. Rich Bergstedt says:

    I am just beginning the book – “Christless Christianity” and would enjoy discussing it with you when you begin reading it. I will have to become a fan of your blog – it seems you have some interesting things to say.

    God bless.

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