Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Brave New World?

Isn't it part of the story of Huxley's 'Brave New World ' (I've not read it since I was a teenager, so please correct me if I'm wrong; I may be thinking of another novel altogether)  that the authorities supply the populace with a drug which prevents them from recognising the reality of their situation?
Is it just me or do official Anglican pronouncements (episcopal or otherwise) increasingly have the same flavour....?
Bur compare and contrast:
Here is a report from The Catholic Herald. Nature abhors a vacuum - if "our own" authorities refuse generosity or Christian charity......
This is from the end of the article:
"Bishop Malcolm McMahon of Nottingham met about 70 Anglican clerics at Holy Cross priory in Leicester to discuss the possibility of an English Ordinariate.

He told the Sunday programme that he discussed “the details of the Apostolic Constitution and the complementary norms which were published last November”.
He said he was answering Pope Benedict XVI’s request to the English bishops “to offer warmth and a welcome and to facilitate their questions and their general direction, their impulse, if you like, to come into the Catholic Church”.
He said the main concerns at the meeting were “practical … about property, wages and how they would live and so on. What came through more than anything was their genuine desire to do what God has called them to do”.
To return to Huxley's quotation from The Tempest:
"How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't!"


  1. I believe that the official word is "vanilla".
    Simon Cotton

  2. Yes, it is Brave New World. At the end, the Savage who was brought up outside it refuses the drugs: "'I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.' 'In fact... you're claiming the right to be unhappy.' 'All right, then,' said the Savage defiantly, 'I'm claiming the right to be unhappy.'" And, to escape a Brave New World which will not allow him God, poetry etc., he hangs himself. Powerful stuff!
    I'm glad you noticed the CH article, too.


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