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Brave New World, Revivified!

21 Apr

Just a brief note. Been doing a LOT of reading lately, and some article queuing. One of the best things I’ve read in ages in terms of applying reactionary writing to real life situations is this effort over at Radish Magazine. Watch as the author(s?) quote the following from Huxley’s classic Brave New World, and then apply the material from the book to the current situation. See if this excerpt doesn’t remind you of any society:

In a little grassy bay between tall clumps of Mediterranean heather, two children, a little boy of about seven and a little girl who might have been a year older, were playing, very gravely and with all the focussed attention of scientists intent on a labour of discovery, a rudimentary sexual game.

“Charming, charming!” the D.H.C. repeated sentimentally. […]

From a neighbouring shrubbery emerged a nurse, leading by the hand a small boy, who howled as he went. An anxious-looking little girl trotted at her heels.

“What’s the matter?” asked the Director.

The nurse shrugged her shoulders. “Nothing much,” she answered. “It’s just that this little boy seems rather reluctant to join in the ordinary erotic play. […] I’m taking him in to see the Assistant Superintendent of Psychology. Just to see if anything’s at all abnormal.”

“Quite right,” said the Director. […]

Then, turning to his students, “What I’m going to tell you now,” he said, “may sound incredible. But then, when you’re not accustomed to history, most facts about the past do sound incredible.”

He let out the amazing truth. For a very long period before the time of Our Ford, and even for some generations afterwards, erotic play between children had been regarded as abnormal (there was a roar of laughter); and not only abnormal, actually immoral (no!): and had therefore been rigorously suppressed.

A look of astonished incredulity appeared on the faces of his listeners. Poor little kids not allowed to amuse themselves? They could not believe it.

 
4 Comments

Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

4 responses to “Brave New World, Revivified!

  1. oogenhand

    April 22, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Hilarious. And ironic.

     
  2. Will S.

    April 22, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Radish Mag is great. I liked their recent ‘The Way of Men’ issue:

    http://radishmag.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/volume-1-issue-9-the-way-of-men/

     
  3. infowarrior1

    April 22, 2013 at 5:38 am

    @Will S.

    Damn good.

     
  4. gaoxiaen

    April 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    What’s the problem?

     
 
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