Re: virus: Utopias
Tue, 09 Mar 1999 12:27:10 -0500

Reed Konsler wrote:
> >Reed, I guess you're going so deep I'm getting the bends. BTW I didn't
> >mean the blinking light is scary in a voodoo way. I mean it's scary in a
> >futuristic visions of humans as automatons way. We would respond to
> >man-made signals as opposed to thinking things out for ourselves, as the
> >ideal waitstaff would. Be patient with me, Reed. Sh*T, maybe I better
> >stop reading Brave New World over and over again...
> >
> >Norene
> Wow. Yes, I think _Brave New World_ is a key vision...I reread it last
> month with particular concentration on the viewpoint of Mustapha Mond.
> The characteristic which makes Huxley's work more powerful than
> _1984_ (common comparision between these dystopian visions) is it's
> resonanting ambivalence. The artist embraces his or her pain...from
> whence does art derive when there is no pain?
> Dawkins points the way. In the endless quest for a deeper
> understanding of _Unweaving the Rainbow_ we take a
> step up from physical and emotional pain into the frustrations
> of the unknown mysteries of the intricate details. Where Huxley's
> vision fails is that his faith wavered; he looked into the future and
> his fears overcame his hopes, but thankfully only by the narrowest of
> margins. Blessed be Ford, indeed...for he has freed us from so much
> toil, pain, and anger. We have the tools he gave us in our hands, those
> blinking lights. We hold them, you and I. Shall we use them for good
> or ill? Norene, what do you want to write across the sky? Your hopes,
> or you fears?
> But.
> There are many people...the majority, who do not yet enjoy the fruits
> of liberity. People have starved to death today, been hacked to death
> with machettes, machinegunned in nameless places. Women have been
> raped, men beaten senseless after watching their wives and children
> killed. These things are real, and they are not reasonable. This is
> evil. We must each oppose that evil in every way we can imagine...
> and one critical way is through what Richard describes as "goodwill".
> We need faith that our common vision will carry us through the
> darkness. Most certianly we need this faith in the darkest times, when
> all evidence seems against us.
> And when we have succeeded...struggle will not end, life will not end.
> It will just shift up an octave. We will unweave the rainbows and reweave
> them according to our own design.
> And that will be a beautiful light.

Good God, Reed, It's as though I've stumbled into the "other" side of Wenders' Wings of Desire... Meditative reading... Somebody is going to call us "flowery" for sure... Damn. I don't think Huxley failed at anything, though.


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