"Every one Belongs to Every one Else" - Ch. 3 of "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley and Some Personal Thoughts

Manipulation Tactic - Destroy the Meaning of Sex and Marriage

This chapter, obviously dystopian and quite disturbing, beckons me to leave a brief reflection of a few personal thoughts before laying out what happens in the chapter. I cannot help but see parallels in so many ways to today in the US. There are forces at work in our country that are trying to overtly sexualize children in order to initiate young people into their way of life and perverted sexual deviancies. (Just follow the news on these Drag/Trans/LGBT events which prey on children being there. Just look at the smut that is being put into school libraries, the smut that is being taught to elementary school kids. Just look at the whole movement to trans young kids with puberty blockers and surgeries. Also please watch Matt Walsh's What is a Woman if you haven't already.) 

Why, though, is this part of the tactics mentioned in Brave New World, as well as happening in today's culture? My mind is drawn towards two significant reasons. First, the biological, historical, and social structures of humanity as male and female shape everything that is Western civilization. If you've been following any of my posts lately, you know that I've been reading The Iliad. It is clear that the whole Greek conception of the world is one where the fundamental paradigm of creation, the universe, and human relations is a sexual framework. The universe is born out of sex. The generations of gods born from sex. Even though some Greeks had their own perversions, The Iliad repeats over and over the line, "... the natural thing for mankind, men and women joined."

And so one cannot overthrow Western culture for some Progressive ideology without destroying everything we know as masculinity and femininity. And so by stripping people of these ancient parts of their identity, you send them afloat onto a sea of chaos with no guidance, direction, or life preserver, so to speak, whatsoever. When someone becomes that lost regarding their identity, they will look for someone to impose a new one on them. And this is exactly why they are trying to confuse the sexuality of kids, so that they can impose a new trans-genderfluid identity on them from a young age. 

Secondly, John Paul II pointed out very clearly that the course of civilization will always depend on "who man is for woman, and who woman is for man," as well as the health of the family as the fundamental unit of society. If you can destroy the stability that comes from monogamous heterosexual marriage, then you destroy the stability that is needed to successfully raise children. Children take their identity and values as human beings from their parents. The love of their parents sets the trajectory for the child's view of the purpose of their own life. And when children are not raised by their nuclear family, they end of being raised by institutions and the state. Hence why in Brave New World, marriage is not allowed and reproduction happens in a state laboratory. They stand as impediments to ideological brainwashing. And so today people are trying to destroy the meaning of sexual intercourse, of monogamous heterosexual marriage, and of the nuclear family. Doing so allows Progressive ideologies to spread through a population like wildfire because individuals don't have the buffer which family identity provides against social and political trends and ideas. 

I genuinely am shocked at what is allowed to go on in our country today regarding the sexual abuse of children. When I was younger I would never have thought that the older generation of adults would have put up with such ideas and events going on, that it would be immediately shut down. But it seems that most of us are silent today because it's not directly affecting us. The only problem with this way of thinking is that if people don't stand up against this it will eventually spread until it does one day come knocking at your own door, but the monster will have grown substantially bigger by that point. 
Anyway, on to chapter three...

Chapter Three
The tour of the facilities then moved to the outside garden where older children were playing. There were hundreds of them playing, but were forced to play naked with each other, boys and girls, in order to inculcate a sense of promiscuity in them from the earliest of ages. 1 "In a little grassy bay between tall clumps of Mediterranean heather, two children, a little boy of about seven and a little girl who might have been a year older, were playing, very gravely and with all the focused attention of scientists intent on a labour of discovery, a rudimentary sexual game." The little boy is upset by the "play" and is promptly taken to a psychologist because of it. 2 The students are shocked to hear that in previous ages erotic play between children and adolescents was considered immoral and suppressed. 3

Then the group is greeted by one of the 10 "World Controllers" who has the office of Ford, the original founder. "'you all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History if bunk. History,' he repeated slowly, 'is bunk.'" 4 "...That's why you're taught no history..." 

"He waved his hand; and it was as though, with an invisible feather wisk, he had brushed away a little dust, and the dust was Harappa, was Ur of the Chaldees; some spider-webs, and they were Thebes and Babylon and Cnossos and Mycenae. Whisk. Whisk - and where was Odysseys, where was Job, where were Jupiter and Gotama and Jesus? Whisk - and those specks of antique dirt called Athens and Rome, Jerusalem and the Middle Kingdom - all were gone. Whisk - the place where Italy had been was empty. Whisk, the cathedrals; whisk, whisk, King Lear and the Thoughts of Pascal. Whisk, Passion; Whisk, Requiem; whisk, Symphony; whisk..." 

Then they talk about "going to the Feelies," which seems to be a type of pornographic movie theatre with "the most amazing tactual effects." 5 The World Controller, again, speaks to the group. "'Try to realize what it was like to have a viviparous mother.' ... 'Try to imagine what 'living with one's family meant.'' ... 'And do you know what a 'home' was?'." 

Promiscuity is Normal and More of the Controller's Speech About the Past 
Here in the chapter the form of the writing takes an interesting turn. It cuts back and forth between several scenes without any real warning or guidance; the current one in the courtyard with the touring group of students, a scene in the Girl's dressing room, and a scene in the Boy's dressing room, both with older teenagers. Cut in between the World Controller describing how bad traditional "homes" used to be, is the scene in the girl's dressing room which is shared all in common with about 80 girls in there. Machines are doing all of the necessary bathing and maintenance of their bodies, and two girls are talking together, Lenina and Fanny. 6

Again, intermixed, we get: "Home, home - a few small rooms, stiflingly over-inhabited by a man, by a periodically teeming woman, by a rabble of boys and girls of all ages. No air, no space; an under sterilized prison; darkness, disease, and smells." 7 "The world was full of fathers - was therefore full of misery; full of mothers -- therefore of every kind of perversion from sadism to chastity; full of brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts -- full of madness and suicide." 8 "Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. But there were also husbands, wives, lovers. There were also monogamy and romance. ... Family, monogamy, romance. Everywhere exclusiveness, a narrow channeling of impose and energy." 9

Back to the girls. They begin talking about what they are doing that night, who they are going out with. Fanny explains that she may not go out with anyone because he doctor recommended she take a "pregnancy substitute." [I am thinking this is the drug they use to extract the eggs they use in the laboratory, but not fully sure yet from the context.] 10 Then Fanny gives Lenina a hard time because she has been going out and sleeping with the same boy for several months now. 11 "It's such horribly bad form to go on and on like this with one man." Then she pointed out that she could even get in trouble if it was found out that she hadn't been "having" other boys. 

Returning to the World Controller talking, here we get one of the famous lines of the book. "'But every one belongs to every one else.' he concluded, citing the hypnopaedic proverb. The students nodded, emphatically agreeing with a statement which upwards of sixty-two thousand repetitions in the dark had made them accept, not merely as true, but as axiomatic, self-evident, utterly indisputable." 12 "... No wonder these poor pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable...'". 

Back to the girls. Fanny, still shocked at Lenina for not being more promiscuous, gets Lenina to admit that Henry Foster, the boy she is seeing, is himself seeing many other girls, as he is supposed to. 13 "'After all, every one belongs to every one else.' 'Yes, every one belongs to every one else...'". 14 "'And to tell the truth, said Lenina, 'I'm beginning to get just a tiny bit bored with nothing but Henry every day.'"

Connected with this is, again, the Controller's speech which has now turned towards the goal of eliminating any waiting or delay when it comes to gratification. When there is a desire, an immediate effort must be made to quench that desire. In doing so, feelings can be eliminated, as he claims that feelings are what happens in between desire and gratification. 15 "'Our ancestors were so stupid and short-sighted that when the first reformers came along and offered to deliver them from those horrible emotions, they wouldn't have anything to do with them.'" 

The conversation of the girls turns to another boy that Lenina is sort of interested in, yet isn't the most popular. 16 

Here is where the another scene is added into the mix. The unpopular boy who Lenina is interested in, Bernard Shaw, is in the boy's dressing room with Henry Foster and others. It's clear that Bernard doesn't agree with many of the sentiments of his time, such as Henry Foster talking about Lenina as a piece of meat to be enjoyed. 17 He hated the subconscious conditioning of idiotic truths. 

Meanwhile, the Controller continues on about old democracy and equality and freedom, horrible aspects of the past which brought instability to society. 18 It was government control which brought stability out of the previous war of civilizations. And so control in many non-violent ways was needed. Consumerism, also a needed driving force in society. 19 "You can't consume much if you sit still and read books." 20 These changes were "Accompanied by a campaign against the Past; by the closing of museums, the blowing up of historical monuments; by the suppression of all books published before A.F. 150." 

As Lenina is finishing getting dressed she puts on her "surrogate cartridge belt, bulging (for Lenina was not a freemartin) with the regulation supply of contraceptives.", to which Fanny replies that she must also get one like that! 21 Lenina mentions how Henry Foster gave it to her. 

Back to the Controller, he mentions how there used to be such a thing as Christianity and a belief in God. After the war they cut all crosses to become "T"s instead. There used to be a thing called Heaven, and an immortal soul that was believed in. 22 Such things will no longer be needed, as scientists are trying to figure out the path to abolishing aging and old age. "Work, play - at sixty our powers and tastes are what they were at seventeen. Old men in the bad old days used to renounce, retire, take to religion, spend their time reading, thinking -- thinking!" 

Meanwhile, to get Bernard Shaw to calm down, Henry Foster offers him "Soma," a popular drug. 23 "Now - such is progress- the old men work, the old men copulate, the old men have no time, no leisure from pleasure, not a moment to sit down and think-or if ever by some unlucky chance such a crevice of time should yawn in the solid substance of their distractions, there is always soma, delicious soma, half a gramme for a half-holiday. a gramme for a week-end, two grammes for a trip to the gorgeous East, three for a dark eternity on the moon; returning whence they find themselves on the other side of the crevice, safe on the solid ground of daily labour and distraction, scampering from feely to feely, from girl to pneumatic girl, from Electromagnetic Golf course to.

"Go away, little girl," shouted the D.H.C. angrily. "Go away, little boy! Can't you see that his fordship's busy? Go and do your erotic play somewhere else."

"Suffer little children," said the Controller."
1 - Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. (Harper Collins Publishers. New York, 2004) Pg. 37
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