The Visions of Huxley and Orwell
Amazingly, regardless of the condition humankind continues thriving. We move on and share our joys and pains, as well as the winnings when they happen in a number of areas in life. It is a little bit surprising that Ingsoc did not include the option of gaming entertainment to the party members.
George Orwell and Aldous Huxley have written perennial works of literature whose relevance holds fast to this day. Part of their writings has inspired those concerned with the human condition and represent an eerie premonition of the world that was to become nothing like the least of the idealistic versions of the concepts of peace and prosperity. Orwell and Huxley are men of different spirit. The former is a fighting soul who nurtured political convictions and had a knack for seeing what was hidden within political writing and publications, while the latter is a daydreamer and a pioneer who ventured for the mind’s unknown. Тhe essence of their writing, in concert with the undercurrents of their beliefs, have brought us two works of literature that can serve as vantage points from which we can observe the inner workings of the incredibly complex systems of both free will and reason, that organize the economy of our living time and the politics of our existence.
Brave New World
Huxley wrote his most famous work of fiction between the two world wars. It portrays a utopian world (at least to those inhabiting it) where technology allows humans to be cloned and made to fit a certain frame of intellectual capacity. The setting of Brave New World is a platformed capital city which is far removed from the tumultuous disorder that nature superimposes on the regions that are away from the reaches of the World State. Utilizing the niceties that are made available by the division of labor and bespoke medication, the inhabitants of this world simply stare through the morals and repercussions of cloning and the predetermined fates of millions of ‘gammas’ and ‘deltas’. Much alike the world of today, the citizens of the World State can reach in for the bespoke feel-good medication called soma, which sterilizes the itch that irritates the mind which wanders away from the realm of the feelies.
Orwell’s best known work paints an haunted image of a totalitarian state that utilizes technology and relies on a thought police to control the hearts and minds of those who turn its cogs. Food and drink are rationed, romantic relationships are forbidden and one must not display ambivalence towards the Party or Big Brother. Many of the nuisances that we encounter in 1984 are represented in the subjective contemplation, through a healthy dose of doubt, of the contemporary state. Perhaps the adversities of it are not on the same, obtuse level as in Ingsoc, but are visible enough to have the contemporary Homo Sapiens wondering if this is really how things ought to be. Winston Smith, the novel’s protagonist, decides to challenge Big Brother’s idea of civilization and finds himself lost in the one way street of enthusiasm that purportedly leads to a more sane world. Winston is caught, his spirit broken.