Growing up, I loved to go to the library. I read everything I could get my hands on. I even received the National Geographic due to a benevolent sweet woman wanting me able to see the physical world that was vivid in the publication.
I was a member of a book club in school that you could select books every month to buy at a reduced rate. I read “1984” by George Orwell and also saw the movie (the book was better, as usual). The book was eye opening, and I felt a little off base… it didn’t replicate American life and I thought never would.
We were free to speak our mind with differing opinions, even those not popular. Freedom of the press was never thought to be infringed upon — they could write what they wanted, as long as not slanderous.
Another book thought to be equally compelling was “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. In 1984, Big Brother controlled everything, we will be overcome by externally imposed oppression. However, in Brave New World, Huxley’s vision came down to people will come to love oppression and adore the technologies that undo and control their thinking.
Sound familiar? Think computers and cell phones.
Orwell feared those who would ban books. Huxley feared there would be no reason to ban books, there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those depriving us of information. Huxley feared those giving us so much the population would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell thought what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.
I think Huxley was more right than wrong. We are killing our country as a whole because we are too passive and the truth is irrelevant. The age old question “What is truth?” spoken by Pontius Pilate to Jesus before ordering his crucifixion, seems to be no longer relevant.
Mr. Huxley, touché, you had the future United States pegged. We no longer are a society that values truth, dignity, responsibility, courage, respect. We value ourselves. What a lost country we’ve become.
It’s obvious: Biden is slipping both physically and cognitively
Well, if you haven’t seen it, President Joe Biden fell going up the stairs to Air Force One not once, not twice, but THREE times! The press and visual media kept coverage to a minimum, but Facebook blew it up and showed the pathetic physical disability of stair climbing gone wrong.
I actually felt sorry for him, knowing he is President of the United States and the world is watching. He is a 79-year-old man, cognitively diminished and physically frail. The Democratic Party should be ashamed about putting this man though a campaign where there were very minimal questions about anything and his exposure to hostile questions were shielded from him.
He should have been checked both physically and mentally to determine if he was healthy and mentally alert enough to take on the position of President. Anyone declaring as a Democrat and denies President Biden is unhealthy and dementia afflicted needs to look in a mirror and see the clueless, state of denial person they are. He is a wreck and getting worse.
The rotting of America from within continues … in earnest.