"Children are nowhere taught, in any systematic way, to distinguish true from false, or meaningful from meaningless, statements. Why is this so? Because their elders, even in the democratic countries, do not want them to be given this kind of education." Aldous Huxley
We live in a world that swiftly becoming dystopic.
"A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively,
cacotopia, kakotopia, or simply anti-utopia) is a community or
society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as
"not-good place", an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir
Thomas More and figures as the title of his best known work, Utopia (the
blueprint for an ideal society with minimal crime, violence and
poverty)." (Source Wiki)
We are overpopulating the earth. There are more people than resources, and at some point in the near future our world will break. Not the physical earth, but the system we accept and live in. As the throes of despair rise, the people with nothing will rise up in rebellion, and turn the world into a vast wasteland of hate and horror.
I am going to die before the ultimate crash, my age of 53 points toward a less than 20 year span remaining, so, I believe the words I am saying will happen but in the future. But that doesn't make me happy. I see so much despair, and the world could be much greater, but, between our own primal urges keep us populating a planet with an ultimate ceiling on survival with great numbers of humans. And the better off people become, the more resources they use. So, even if the argument is that humans are better off now than in the past, that is not going to last. Finite resources met with infinite population growth will result in calamity.
Catastrophic events will cause governments to reply with more central authority, more wars over resources, and less cooperation. We stand upon the edge of collapse.
So what shall we do about it?
"Liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is
permanently on a war footing, or even a near war footing. Permanent
crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the
agencies of central government." Aldous Huxley
"Democracy can hardly be expected to flourish in societies where
political and economic power is being progressively concentrated and
centralized. But the progress of technology has led and is still leading
to just such a concentration and centralization of power." Aldous Huxley
"In the course of evolution nature has gone to endless trouble to see
that every individual is unlike every other individual.… Physically and
mentally, each one of us is unique. Any culture which, in the interests
of efficiency or in the name of some political or religious dogma, seeks
to standardize the human individual, commits an outrage against man’s
biological nature." Aldous Huxley
"Propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with enlightened
self-interest appeals to reason by means of logical arguments based upon
the best available evidence fully and honestly set forth. Propaganda in
favor of action dictated by the impulses that are below self-interest
offers false, garbled or incomplete evidence, avoids logical argument
and seeks to influence its victims by the mere repetition of catchwords,
by the furious denunciation of foreign or domestic scapegoats, and by
cunningly associating the lower passions with the highest ideals, so
that atrocities come to be perpetrated in the name of God and the most
cynical kind of Realpolitik is treated as a matter of religious principle and patriotic duty." Aldous Huxley