Huxley: Brave New World, chapters VI-XIII
Hall: “Seeing Through the Apocalypse”
notes & response:
-If your education isn’t apocalyptic (if you aren’t learning something new today that you didn’t learn yesterday) then you’re wasting your money.
-Education→”educare”—to draw out of
-“Savage Reservation”—seems to be a bit of an oxymoron
-“You can’t teach a rhinoceros tricks.”
-Educational banking—if your educational deposit is incorrect, the correct amount must be drawn out
-“I’d rather be myself…Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly.”
-“Now don’t lose your temper, …Remember one cubic centimeter cures ten gloomy sentiments.”
-“Every one works for every one else. We can’t do without any one.”
-“Wouldn’t you like to be free to be happy in some other way, in your own way, not in everybody else’s way?”
-Consensus Trance—Standardized Automatic Behavior is the goal in American education.
-“Thank Ford!”—We can all be products of the assembly line!
-“She thinks of herself that way. She doesn’t mind being meat.”—The sexual desires and composition of man have been reduced to cattle. Are we not just meat upon the butcher’s block?
-“I want to know what passion is,” she heard him saying. “I want to feel something strongly.”
-Educating the masses on how to behave in the machine age. What is this relation to the Democratic agenda?
-“When the individual feels, the community reels.”
-Economic servitude may be the price of freedom…Is it worth it?
-Henry Thoreau—“A man is rich not in what he owns, but in what he can leave alone.”
-“Not that he himself saw anything intrinsically objectionable in people talking about the remote past; that was one of those hypnopoedic prejudices he had (so he imagined) completely got rid of.”
-I accumulate stuff, therefore I am.
-$1.10 is spent for every $1 earned.
– This version of the world we live in is merely a disguise.
-“This boasting…And the outbursts of an abject self-pity with which it alternated.”
-Arguments that a depressed person is the most valuable personality of the society; Mentally unstable minds are the antennae of the race today.
-“To Label is to Libel”—Reduce its complexity in society for the sake of naming it.
-An App for the computer called “Freedom” that will block the internet—it exists.
-“Ten minutes later they were crossing the frontier that separated civilization from savagery.”
-What exactly constitutes an addiction? How do you mediate these addictions?
-Cultures that don’t have the word “Love” don’t fall in love because it’s not understood.
How could one possibly explain passion to those who have never felt something so strongly? Does culture suggest that roboticism is the replacement, or medication or remedy, for thoughts and feelings that sway too strongly in one direction? It seems to me to be an industrial machine that encourages digression; it represses the human mind of its natural desires and paints them as perversion. This is how I know [But do you really know what that “I” is?] I’m free and how free I actually am—it’s the passion that persuades me not to be persuaded by another person’s agenda. And the refusal to dumb down any sense of what it is that inspires one to think freely. I know it’s not every dream that makes up the composition of my spirit simply because the nightmares have not yet persuaded me to give up on what the mind feels is justified even during its awake state. This is how I know I’m free to be happy in any way, but more specifically, my own way—the spirit is free to do whatever it may please and therefore I am as well. Could we trade in this body for a mind that is free to exist and believe on its own; and if so, is that the shell that could give shape to the spirit? My thoughts are as free as I choose them to be because this language is adapting—it’s ever-evolving and changing to fit the needs of the mind and its relation to the body.