Brave New World
And, Brave New World RevisitedBook - 2004
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Each of us, of course, goes through life inside a bottle. But if we happen to be Alphas, our bottles are, relatively speaking, enormous.
People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get; they are so conditioned that they practically can't help behaving as they ought to behave.
“How many goodly creatures are there here! How beautious mankind is! O brave new world..."
The purpose of life was not the maintenance of well-being, but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge.
The mind that judges and desires and decides - made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are OUR suggestions! Suggestions from the state.
All conditioning aims at that: making peope like their unescapable social destiny.
"One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies."
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