I have always been a huge fan of Orwell and 1984 and would often argue that the book predicted a lot of things about world politics correctly. However, I finally got to read Brave New World last week. And man, it is actually the true order of the world. This post is not argue which book is better. It's just an appreciation of Huxley's world-building. As per me, we're being controlled yes, but without 1984's upfront and ruthless hate.
I'll let this quote by Neil Postman sum it up:
"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.
In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us."
Edit: Added more context.
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