"Exquisite little creature!" said the Director, looking after her. Then, turning to his students, "What I'm going to tell you now," he said, "may sound incredible. But then, when you're not accustomed to history, most facts about the past do sound incredible."He let out the amazing truth. For a very long period before the time of Our Ford, and even for some generations afterwards, erotic play between children had been regarded as abnormal (there was a roar of laughter); and not only abnormal, actually immoral (no!): and had therefore been rigorously suppressed.A look of astonished incredulity appeared on the faces of his listeners. Poor little kids not allowed to amuse themselves? They could not believe it."Even adolescents," the D.H.C. was saying, "even adolescents like yourselves …""Not possible!""Barring a little surreptitious auto-erotism and homosexuality–absolutely nothing.""Nothing?""In most cases, till they were over twenty years old.""Twenty years old?" echoed the students in a chorus of loud disbelief."Twenty," the Director repeated. "I told you that you'd find it incredible."
I recall seeing this comic strip which makes a very strong case that Huxley was far more correct than Orwell about how the future would be like:http://www.highexistence.com/amusing-ourselves-to-death-huxley-vs-orwell/Social control is far easier to achieve by titillation and massive manipulation of our impulse for pleasure.I probably should re-read Brave New World again to shake me out of my occasional tendency towards techno-optimism.
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