July 27 ~† Private Literature Perennial Philosophy

"Every man's memory is his private literature." ~ Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley

English writer Aldous Leonar Huxley (1894-1963) is best known for his visionary satire novel, Brave New World (1932), about the utopian World State with the motto: "Community, Identity, Stability."

"There isnít any formula or method. You learn to love by loving," he said.

Born in Godalming, Surrey and educated at Eton College, his grandfather was an esteemed biologist who passionately defended Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Huxley published four books of poetry before writing his first novel, Crome Yellow in 1921.

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored," Huxley believed.

His masterpiece, Brave New World was written before Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin rose to power.

Huxley set the chilling novel six hundred years in the future and created a "utilitarian totalitarianism" society of biological engineering which sought to provide the maximum happiness by limiting intelligence and freedom. "History is bunk," he wrote and gave his characters what he called a SOMA pill to relieve them of their cares and anxieties.

"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted," warned Huxley who inspired Jim Morrison with the novel The Doors of Perception (1954) to name his rock group "The Doors" and even made it on the album cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967).

affirmation: creativity is discoveryWhat you remember is yours to keep.