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What Huxley teaches is that in

the age of advanced technology,

spiritual devastation

is more likely to come from an enemy

with a smiling face

than from one whose countenance

exudes suspicion and hate.

In the Huxleyan prophecy,

Big Brother does not watch us,

by his choice.

We watch him, by ours.

There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth.

When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined

as a perpetual round of entertainments,

when serious public conversation

becomes a form of baby-talk,


in short

a people become an audience

and their public business a vaudeville act,

then a nation finds itself at risk;

a culture-death is a clear possibility

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