In Aldous Huxley’s enduring master piece Brave New World, you find that world controllers have created an ‘ideal’ society. They cleverly use genetic engineering, brainwashing, recreational drugs and sex to keep all it members happy consumers. Many people draw comparisons as to where our society presently is and where it is heading in our future. If you are like many of the thousands of people ‘waking up’ around the world then you too will draw this worrying comparison.
Having recently re-read this book, one small part stuck out to me. Human engineers where discussing their subject’s [humans] brainwashing, when this was said:
Primroses and landscapes…have one grave defect; they are gratuitous. A love of nature keeps no factories busy. It was decided to abolish the love of nature, at any rate among the lower classes… We condition the masses to hate the country…
This is exactly what is happening in one way or another. As a species we have become disconnected from the earth, from nature and our human roots. We no longer use nature’s wisdom. Children would rather play on a computer than run around amongst the trees. People will happily identify hundreds of corporate logos and celebrities but fail to identify a common tree or plant species. Many do not possess the clothing and footwear to take a muddy or wet walk and others do not possess the practical skills or fitness levels to make this possible. To make matters worse, we have almost entirely lost our connection with each other, our sense of community is nearly non-existent and this is all replaced by a superficial, materialistic and egotistical world that is hell bent on its own destruction.
How does the outdoors environment make you feel?