My latest (and one of my favorite articles so far) has been published by Randall House’s The Brink Magazine (Online). This will also appear in the D6 Curriculum’s FUSION Magazine (Print). It’s called, oddly enough, “Buzzards on the Brain.” Check it out:
The fear for ages has been that a monstrous army of robots would one day infiltrate our society, overrun us, and in the end would force us into slavery or perhaps completely destroy us. The images of a red sunset casting dark shadows on a robot-infested city in ruins has come across our television sets time and time again.
However, others, such as Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World) feared that we would instead “become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.” He remarked in Brave New World Revisited that the “civil libertarians and rationalists” who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In the book 1984, written by George Orwell, we find men who are controlled by inflicting pain. In Huxley’s book, Brave New World, people are controlled by inflicting pleasure.
Author Neil Postman explains that George Orwell, looking into the future, feared that what we hate would ruin us.
But Aldous Huxley feared that what we love would ruin us.
For some reason, during church services in particular, distracting thoughts seem to swoop around my head like a flock of hungry buzzards waiting to eat a dead carcass.
It’s a pretty disgusting thought.
But maybe you have the same problem. I just drift off into distraction all the time. I have an infinite desire for distractions!
And I am in desperate need of some kind of deadly weapon of retaliation in order to rid myself of these brain-devouring distractions. Especially when it comes to taking part in the things of God, like a Sunday morning at church.
Now, what exactly is the connection between Huxley’s Brave New World and the vultures circling around my slowly disintegrating consciousness as I’m sitting in the pew? It’s rather simple, really…
More information on battling the idols threatening to destroy us from within can be found at the Counterfeit Gods website. I highly recommend downloading C.J. Mahaney’s “Idol Factory” as well in your efforts to battle against those blasted buzzards!
Also, be sure to check out future issues of FUSION Magazine for the print version of “Buzzards On the Brain.”