Food for thought

  ‘How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in’t!’

‘Ţelul vostru – acela de a vă elibera din strânsoarea timpului, de a obţine capacitatea autocontrolului şi, astfel, de a putea stăpâni mediul înconjurător – nu trebuie niciodată să pălească…noi, cei din această Forţă, suntem pe cale să devenim o nouă rasă de fiinţe superioare…Ştiinţa vă va demonstra că, pentru specia noastră, perioada evoluţiei fizice s-a încheiat. Mai rămâne doar evoluţia sau, mai degrabă transformarea conştiinţei şi voinţei, evadarea din timp, stăpânirea sinelui, lucrul de altfel încercat cu oarecare succes de câteva persoane, în diferite perioade, dar pe care acum trebuie să-l încercăm cu toţii.

“Exposing what is mortal and unsure to all that fortune, death and danger dare, even for an eggshell. Isn’t there something in that?” he asked, looking up at Mustapha Mond. “Quite apart from God–though of course God would be a reason for it. Isn’t there something in living dangerously?”
“There’s a great deal in it,” the Controller replied. “Men and women must have their adrenals stimulated from time to time.”
“What?” questioned the Savage, uncomprehending.
“It’s one of the conditions of perfect health. That’s why we’ve made the V.P.S. treatments compulsory.”
“V.P.S.?”
“Violent Passion Surrogate. Regularly once a month. We flood the whole system with adrenalin. It’s the complete physiological equivalent of fear and rage. All the tonic effects of murdering Desdemona and being murdered by Othello, without any of the inconveniences.”
“But I like the inconveniences.”
“We don’t,” said the Controller. “We prefer to do things comfortably.”
“But 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,” said Mustapha Mond, “you’re claiming the right to be unhappy.”
“All right then,” said the Savage defiantly, “I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.” ‘

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