Brainwashing warning from Aldous Huxley

‘There will be in the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears so to speak. Producing a kind of painless concentration camp for the entire society so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but rather will enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods, and this seems to be the final revolution.’-  Aldous Huxley
Interesting thoughts of Aldous Huxley and he may be correct in many ways; the trouble is if he is correct we will not know! When you watch programmes like The Voice and X Factor you are being swept into someone’s idea of how fame is created which for most musicians seems a total sham but for the general population and particularly children that is how it works.
The strength of brainwashing is that it is easy to rebut criticism by saying it is a conspiracy theory or it is subversive thinking but if you look back in history that was the defence of many governments which in hindsight we can see but civil populations at the time did not, mostly because they trusted their leaders.
I am not attempting to change the political system but I would say that this sort of thing is a mind-set and mind-sets do not restrict themselves to one place they become the zeitgeist for the time. Here is an example of this during the time of mass production lines. This idea of production lines was adopted by Stax Records and Studio One who had a resident band and the singers would come in and work on a song then leave in time for another to come in and so on, like a revolving door. It produced great records of course but it meant that the artists were working with the musicians set by the studio.
Look at the ideas that coming out from the government; low crime figures, better economic growth, Olympic Games, etc.  It is the selection of these ideas that Huxley would have found troubling, the fact that few people are killed by terrorists and many are killed directly by the car and indirectly by the pollution caused by the car; however the government uses terrorism as the tool for anything from immigration to putting CCTV cameras on every corner. I am personally more afraid of the driving by the middle classes in Sussex than by a man with a beard from Birmingham.
The pharmacology aspect is interesting to me, that drugs taken in order to keep you from being ill is the best business model of anything I have ever seen. If only we as teachers and musicians could keep being paid on a regularly basis just in case their ‘patient’  were required to play in the future we would all be minted.
Use music as a way of allowing you to think creatively, open your mind and be different from what is set out for you by society because you are greater than society says that you are.
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