Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Wednesday [6 and 7]

Added to as and when.

7.  Wiki is not always useless as a source

Some might note the quotes left out here, rather than the two included:

a.  Social critic Neil Postman contrasted the worlds of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World in the foreword of his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death. He writes:

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. 

As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.


 b.  Martin Kreutzberg, in his essay on the development of "Sexual Fantasies and Fantasies About Sex" during the 19th and 20th Centuries, noted that:

"In Orwell's dystopia,the only acceptable reason for sex is procreation. Married people, who should not be too fond of each other, occasionally engage in this rather distasteful activity as "their duty to the state". Marriages which don't produce children get dissolved, and the ex-husband and wife should try again with more fruitful partners. Young women are urged to join the "Anti-Sex League". 

In Huxley's dystopia, the only function of sex is for pleasure, as the production of babies is well provided for by other means. Small boys and girls are made to play sexual games with each other as an official part of their education. Adults are expected to be promiscuous, engaging in an endless series of ephemeral, shallow sexual relationships. Young women take pride in being "pneumatic", and what passes for a religious ceremony consists of six men and six women meeting once a week to hold an "Orgy-Porgy". 

Yet by such diametrically opposed routes, the two regimes described reach a remarkably similar conclusion: both alike are firmly opposed to the bonding of two individuals in a deep, emotional, long-term bond of love and affection. Both regimes wage a strong campaign against any such bonding - in Orwell's future by torturing loving couples and forcing them to betray each other, in Huxley's mainly by deep psychological conditioning to prevent any such bonding from ever happening in the first place."[37]

Obviously, under both regimes, but neither in the two criticisms of them quoted, is there any mention of “sanctity”.  A sanctified official pairing suggests there is approval from on High, and woe betide any who would render the pair asunder.  In today’s near dystopian society, imagine if marriage were only regarded as marriage by society, were it sanctified.  Thousands still have church weddings and the whole point of that, rather than registry offices legitimising official nooky, is that there is some other Power which can bless such a sanctified marriage and give it some impetus for success.

The ensuing cries of bollox, rubbish, at this statement of mine only underscore, IMHO, how far down the road to western dystopia we are.

6.  New song from the Ministry of Truth

Just some notes on the Ministry:

And about the new national anthem [national socialism over nativism]:
OBON recognises that every parent, carer in the whole world over only wants the very best for their children and they want to see their children grow up feeling safe and protected.
Fine.  So to protect these children, we obviously reverse the lies of the Ministry of Truth, the Department of Education and N10 propaganda conduit for The Great Reset and start the greater reset back to proper families with both male and female parents, proper education using the old texts, not the revised, proper.

We can start by flatly rejecting this OBON nastiness and go from there.  OBON, by the way, means One Britain One Nation.

1 comment:

  1. A few bits and bobs for today

    Irish couple escape hotel quarantine

    PCR inventor Kary Mullis

    Coming soon to a school near you

    Covid is so 2020... next scam

    Love or hate her, she's right.

    A couple of funnies from the Bee