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Notícias De Huxley para Orwell, sobre "1984"

Tópico em 'Generalidades Literárias' iniciado por Haleth, 6 Mar 2012.

  1. Haleth

    Haleth Call me Bolga #CdLXI

    Wrightwood. Cal.
    21 October, 1949

    Dear Mr. Orwell,

    It was very kind of you to tell your publishers to send me a copy of your book. It arrived as I was in the midst of a piece of work that required much reading and consulting of references; and since poor sight makes it necessary for me to ration my reading, I had to wait a long time before being able to embark on Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    Agreeing with all that the critics have written of it, I need not tell you, yet once more, how fine and how profoundly important the book is. May I speak instead of the thing with which the book deals — the ultimate revolution? The first hints of a philosophy of the ultimate revolution — the revolution which lies beyond politics and economics, and which aims at total subversion of the individual's psychology and physiology — are to be found in the Marquis de Sade, who regarded himself as the continuator, the consummator, of Robespierre and Babeuf. The philosophy of the ruling minority in Nineteen Eighty-Four is a sadism which has been carried to its logical conclusion by going beyond sex and denying it. Whether in actual fact the policy of the boot-on-the-face can go on indefinitely seems doubtful. My own belief is that the ruling oligarchy will find less arduous and wasteful ways of governing and of satisfying its lust for power, and these ways will resemble those which I described in Brave New World. I have had occasion recently to look into the history of animal magnetism and hypnotism, and have been greatly struck by the way in which, for a hundred and fifty years, the world has refused to take serious cognizance of the discoveries of Mesner, Braid, Esdaile, and the rest.

    Partly because of the prevailing materialism and partly because of prevailing respectability, nineteenth-century philosophers and men of science were not willing to investigate the odder facts of psychology for practical men, such as politicians, soldiers and policemen, to apply in the field of government. Thanks to the voluntary ignorance of our fathers, the advent of the ultimate revolution was delayed for five or six generations. Another lucky accident was Freud's inability to hypnotize successfully and his consequent disparagement of hypnotism. This delayed the general application of hypnotism to psychiatry for at least forty years. But now psycho-analysis is being combined with hypnosis; and hypnosis has been made easy and indefinitely extensible through the use of barbiturates, which induce a hypnoid and suggestible state in even the most recalcitrant subjects.

    Within the next generation I believe that the world's rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World. The change will be brought about as a result of a felt need for increased efficiency. Meanwhile, of course, there may be a large scale biological and atomic war — in which case we shall have nightmares of other and scarcely imaginable kinds.

    Thank you once again for the book.

    Yours sincerely,

    Aldous Huxley
  2. Artanis Léralondë

    Artanis Léralondë Ano de vestibular dA

    Huxley e Orwell uma dupla com grandes teorias conspiratórias...ñ imaginava que tivessem vivido na mesma época

    Huxley acreditava mesmo num mundo escrito no seu livro? credo!
    eu estou lendo Admirável Mundo Novo, e é muito cruel tudo aquilo, um mundo assim não resistiria, sempre tem um resistente \o/
    que vai juntando mais pessoas \o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/

    E essa história de hipnose? Eu não acredito nisso. Uma vez, a minha mãe me levou numa parapsicóloga, segundo ela iria me hipnotizar, mas, a hipnose dela não era aquela de vc ficar olhando o relógio balançando até vc fazer ou falar td que ela quer, é apenas, uma história que ela vai contando e vc vai imaginando, mas vc fica bem consciente...
  3. Mavericco

    Mavericco I am fire and air. Usuário Premium

    O Orwell foi estudante de francês do Huxley. Sempre leio as duas obras como formas complementares: o "Admirável Mundo Novo" como um posfácio do 1984 ou justamente o contrário: este como prefácio daquele... Ainda que eu prefira mais Huxley a Orwell.
  4. Haleth

    Haleth Call me Bolga #CdLXI

    Hahaha... Foi mal Maníaca, mas "Damned Poltergeist" curtir um post de hipnose e parapsicologia foi mesmo engraçado... hahaha
  5. Artanis Léralondë

    Artanis Léralondë Ano de vestibular dA

    Eu acho irado qdo um grande escritor foi aluno de outro grande escritor :D
    É estou achando a obra do Huxley mais pesada do que 1984

    heehehe é aquelas hipnoses não deram certo, e quebraram a minha expectativa de hipnose xD