Tuesday, September 25, 2012

France Takes Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World to the Next Level

Remember how in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the words “father” and “mother” are considered exceptionally naughty terms that only the most audacious dare to say?

The science-fiction, futuristic novel, which was written and published in the early 1930s, revolves around a monotonously structured, easily controlled, thoughtless and godless society. And I’m sure, at the time it was written and down through the decades, it seemed extremely unrealistic… despite little changes here and there in society that might possibly be perceived as comparable.

In Brave New World, the populace tries to drug itself out of negative emotions, seeking to numb the ability to be depressed instead of trying to understand the root of depression. Likewise, Huxley’s characters don’t care about the truth, only entertainment.

Sound familiar?

Of course it does. And it has for at least a generation now, only getting worse as time goes on.

But France is taking the next step in proving Aldous Huxley something more than a mere fiction writer. Thanks to a draft law stating that “marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender,” the words “father” and “mother” will no longer be used in any government documents.

Essentially, they’re banned, certainly not from private life but definitely from any public sector creations. Sure, it’s for different reasons than given in Brave New World, but the result is just the same.

Is it just me, or is that kind-of freaky?

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