Academy of Ideas: Aldous Huxley & Brave New World, the Dark Side of Pleasure

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Here's a very interesting video from the excellent people at Academy of Ideas, who have created many interesting short films on Youtube on philosophy, politics and society. This video explores a very important question; can the controllers of a society manipulate or programme the masses to enjoy being slaves, to no longer notice that their existence is a slave's existence, that they have no freedom? The video does a very good job of pointing out how our modern, developed world is shaping up to be a place where the general population is being drugged through actual drugs, or pleasant distractions, to not pay attention to the fact that our freedoms are being systematically removed from us.

I think there is another, more topical issue to deal with. Traditionally, the general population have been plied with drugs, distractions and shiny baubles to keep them from focussing on the liberties being taken by their rulers (or more specifically, the liberties removed from them by their rulers).

More recently, there has been a new development; climate change has entered the scene. I think our rulers (as in those who wield the actual power, rather than our political leaders) have been making a concerted effort to drug us, make us ill, distract us and make us fight amongst ourselves so that we don't pay attention to our impending peril from climate change. Those same rulers have been working industriously for sixty years to protect themselves from climate change, with the plan of leaving the rest of us to fry. The last thing they want is for us to get together and seize the reins and change things so that many, ordinary people can survive, rather than a privileged few. But that's only my personal view and isn't connected to the video, which I do recommend. Enjoy! :-)