Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Fiction Recommendation: Brave New World

Neil Postman was right, and Huxley is more interesting. This book is very very good.

The idea Huxley presents is a totalitarian government who rules by maintaining their highest priority, to make everyone "happy." They do this through genetic engineering, conditioning, sexual freedom, and diversion. The thing I think the book illustrates so well is how easy it is to see that American culture is slavishly dominated by triviality. It's also easy to see how the troubles and difficulties of living as a Christian witness can attain a far greater joy. I would recommend the book.


Anonymous said...

Interesting. Would you buy or borrow it?


tie.crawler said...

Buy it. Absolutely. In fact, I think I have two copies . . . It's a book to read once every couple of years. Reminds one to live life for the important things.

Also shows what life without Christ looks like. Scary.

There's a lot to think about in the popular conception of Christianity when you think of the "soma" pills they took and the quote, ""All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.""