Monday, September 23, 2013

BANNED BOOKS WEEK: Celebrate fREADom with Brave New World

Celebrate the freedom to read BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley (1932)

In the post-modern era, marked by massive government snooping into our personal lives as well as widening income inequality, Huxley's Brave New World could not be more poignant.  Although a scientifically-derived caste system or massive pharmacological control have not been formally institutionalized, one could argue that the proliferation of prescription and non-prescription drug abuse has some parallels to the society in Huxley's novel from 1932. Many of the concepts from this novel may even be more appropriate for today's world than they were in 1932 when the novel was published.  As our access to and amount of knowledge increase exponentially, we would be wise to remember that attempting to control nature is a dangerous endeavor indeed.

Steve Shackelford, South Branch 


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