Tragic Death on November 22nd, 1963
Aldous Huxley died fifty years ago today. (Who'd you think I was talking about?)
The Doors of Perception (which inspired the name for Jim Morrison and company), Brave New World — Aldous Huxley left us a huge legacy. Brave New World had the most accurate predictions of any of the “futuristic” novels I've read (it was published in 1932).
It took place in London in the year 2540. And it was partially inspired by Huxley's “first visit to the US, in which he was struck by how a population could apparently be rendered docile by advertising and retail therapy.” [from the linked article]
Motherhood is non-existent; all children are mass produced through in vitro fertilization. Each infant has his/her capabilities carefully modulated, depending on which caste this individual will be assigned to. The lower castes are programmed to be perfectly happy and content in their assigned role in society. Soma is a harmless narcotic which is available to everybody. Soma reinforces everybody's blissful satisfaction with their lot in life.
It's a totalitarian society, but everyone is too blissed out to care.
What's our own version of Soma? The linked article says:
“Our runaway infatuation with the sleek toys produced by the likes of Apple and Samsung — allied to our apparently insatiable appetite for Facebook, Google and other companies that provide us with “free” services in exchange for the intimate details of our daily lives — might well turn out to be as powerful a narcotic as Soma was for the inhabitants of Brave New World.”