We Love Our Servitude
“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 entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather 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, 1961
I don’t think Huxley had received some kind of revelation here (ironically, he often employed certain pharmacological methods on himself). No, the reality of people loving their servitude isn’t new. It’s just deeper than we thought. Every last one of us is in need of emancipation. It goes right back to the beginning. The new method proposed by Huxley is hardly a game changer, although I think various forms of it have arrived. There are many ways to numb the pain of slavery so that you can go on living in it.
Here is an alternative; you can stop trying to ignore the pain, the discontent, the hunger. Look at it. It is telling you something. It might be the most palpable sign of your original glory. You have the power to realize that you were made for more. You have the capacity to seek… you have the capacity to knock… and we know what happens to those who seek and those who knock. They find and the door is opened. So let the pain come… marinate with it. It is trying to wake you up, and that would be a game changer.