In the last several years, popular culture has been inundated by a deluge of dystopia novels, comic books, films, and televisions shows. I have written about the symbolism in several of these: Captain America, The Giver, and Snowpiercer.
However, dystopian fear is nothing new, merely a resurgent trend from the 1970s that featured such films as: The Planet of the Apes (series), Logan’s Run, Soylent Green, THX 1138, A Clockwork Orange, Death Race, The Omega Man, and Zardoz.
However, without a doubt, the grandfathers of the modern dystopia are two of the world’s most prophetic writers, Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World,” and George Orwell, author of “1984.” These two novels should be mandatory reading in high school and/or college. Unlike the dystopian novels published today, read largely for escapist entertainment, these two classics are about the reality of dangerous ideologies, that served as a warning (or perhaps a blueprint) for future generations.
Graphic and excerpts from: Zero Hedge
The most striking parallel of course is that both men foresaw the future as totalitarian rather than democratic and free. Neither presumably believed their vision of the future to be inevitable, though it is equally clear that each saw aspects of mid-twentieth century life which clearly pointed in the totalitarian direction. Thus 1984 and Brave New World may be seen as warnings against what might be if the trends identified by the two authors persisted. What these trends were and why the authors saw them leading towards totalitarianism is an important question and one that will be addressed presently.
The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” The debate, between those who watched our descent towards corporate totalitarianism, was who was right. Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.
We have been gradually disempowered by a corporate state that, as Huxley foresaw, seduced and manipulated us through sensual gratification, cheap mass-produced goods, boundless credit, political theater and amusement. While we were entertained, the regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled, the laws that once protected us were rewritten and we were impoverished. Now that credit is drying up, good jobs for the working class are gone forever and mass-produced goods are unaffordable, we find ourselves transported from “Brave New World” to “1984.” The state, crippled by massive deficits, endless war and corporate malfeasance, is sliding toward bankruptcy. It is time for Big Brother to take over from Huxley’s feelies, the orgy-porgy and the centrifugal bumble-puppy. We are moving from a society where we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled.
Every fictional dystopia created ever since seems to be patterned after one (and in some cases both) of these two great works of fiction. The futuristic societies represented within these two classic novels seem to represent two dystopian archetypes, representing different aspects of duality, one control system is based upon the perpetuation of social Chaos, and the other is based upon the perfection of social Order.
I have to disagree with the statement that “Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavement. Orwell saw the second.” This vantage point only sees the current trends, but disregards the ultimate goal.
In fact, I would reverse the sequence. Ultimately, in the framework of the Hegelian Dialectic, Problem-Reaction-Solution, Orwell’s world will be the Problem, and Huxley’s world will be the Solution … “Ordo ab Chao” or “Order out of Chaos.”
ORDO AB CHAO is Latin for “Order Out of Chaos or Order from Disorder.”
This term was invented by Freemasons and is the actual motto of the 33rd Degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.
The chaos (CHAO) is the society we see around us today and it is the builders who influence the leaders to manufacture this chaos so that they can conceal their creations in darkness while they work towards the light (ORDO). Without chaos there would never be order. Without darkness, there can be no light and without light there can be no darkness. What is the AS ABOVE, is the SO BELOW of this Secret Brotherhood.
The Grand Architects of CHAO (hell or illusion) become the masters of ORDO (Heaven on earth). The torch bearers who carry the light in the dark will now be the light bearers who usher in the new dawn of a new day. (source)
Orwell’s “1984” represents a society based upon an oppressive masculine dominated principle of chaos. That is to say, a brutal political system of constraint, a modern police state fueled by violence, hatred, scarcity, surveillance, propaganda, torture, and eternal war.
Huxley’s “Brave New World” represents a society based upon a repressive feminine dominated principal of order. That is to say, an antiseptic scientific system of compartmentalization and servitude, a society that manages and attempts to eliminate freedom and freewill through the use of technology, computers, genetics, selective reproduction, and drugs.
Note: when I mention masculine vs feminine, I’m not talking about sex, gender, or about people in general. I’m not talking about the sacred feminine or Gaia. I’m talking about complex systems of social duality. I’m talking about external vs. internal paradigms. I’m talking about Yin vs. Yang.
A masculine system of chaos makes use of external factors, the application of force – aggression, torture, humiliation, detention, and dominance. A feminine system of order makes use of internalized factors, more passive-aggressive applications of control – selective genetic grooming, mental and emotional conditioning, psychotropic and hormonal manipulation, human-technology integration, brain wave or frequency control.
There are many films and novels about futuristic dysfunctional worlds with dystopian elements, however, a true dystopian world is a perfected prison society in which revolution is perceived to be almost impossible.
SOME EXAMPLES OF “CHAOS-BASED” DYSTOPIAS
The Hunger Games
V for Vendetta
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Running Man
SOME EXAMPLES OF “ORDER-BASED” DYSTOPIAS
Brave New World
This Perfect Day
I find it interesting that many of the new dystopian films have a strong Oscar caliber actresses playing the iron-lady leader of these societies. Like Meryl Streep in The Giver. Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer. Jody Foster in Elysium. Kate Winslet in Divergent. And Patricia Clarkson in Maze Runner. There is a strong feminization on the face of some of these techno-genetic dystopian societies.
For centuries, our world has been kept under the masculine control paradigm of chaos, or Yin, moving gradually towards a more feminine control model of order, or Yang. This seems to be the societal trend, “Order out of Chaos.” So the ultimate goal of a New World Order would surely not be the transitory masculine totalitarian police state as portrayed in “1984,” with images of FEMA detention centers and Homeland Security surveillance that has become the scary dystopian image in many people’s minds.
That particular global social experiment failed with the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. Brute force alone is neither sufficient nor effective enough to keep an entire world enslaved. By its very nature, brutal tyranny creates rebellion and revolution. A Forth Reich would almost certainly be short-lived. Such chaos is not an end until itself. It is a means to an end, the fire and ashes from which a true NWO Phoenix rises – the one the people are fooled into asking for, a multipolar Brave New World Order to save us from the terrible unipolar western face of “Big Brother.”
This is how the duality game is being played on us.
Even authors Huxley and Orwell apparently argued over their vision of the future and which form of dystopia was more likely to become our reality.
“[The world’s rulers’] lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World.”
According to The Guardian:
“Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating?” Orwell wrote. “It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself.”
There may well be elements of both dystopias in the design of a New World Order, the evolution of a new hybrid system, where the antiseptic, scientific, post-modern face of order conceals the more brutal face of chaos, where torture and trauma are sanitized, made more effective and clean – perhaps where the mechanisms of control become a virtual simulated reality for some future Transhumanistic society.
The chaos-based dystopia is by its nature based upon the perception of resource scarcity, where factions and individuals are divided and pitted against one another for limited resources. The chaotic dystopia indeed seems to be where the world is headed, or at least the public perception of where it is headed.
Alternately, the order-based dystopia relies upon the perception of unlimited, yet tightly controlled abundance, where a strict balance must be maintained between population control and resources. In many ways the upper classes of our modern consumer-based western culture resemble this order-based dystopia more than any other civilization in our publicly acknowledged history.
There are other hallmarks of a tightly controlled order-based dystopia, the rigid control of reproduction and genetics, chemical dependency and control, and a slave-like dependence upon computer technology.
Thus the ultimate order-based dystopia is dependent upon tight population control and may only be possible once an agenda for global depopulation has been fulfilled, via natural disasters, epidemics, or another world war. Many of these modern dystopian films begin their story after some mysterious event dramatically reduced the Earth’s population. Various elite organizations have a well documented, cold-hearted bias towards a global depopulation agenda. They don’t even bother to hide it. They’re hoping that most sleepers naturally agree with them that the Earth is overpopulated.
Many people, particularly young people, have difficultly seeing an order-based dystopia for what it is, a true dystopia. Because it’s presented as clean and efficient, non-violent, orderly, peaceful, even pleasant, they may even view it as a some-what flawed utopia. This is exactly what the elite want us to believe. It’s what they are very busy programming us to believe.
Here’s a comment left by a reader under my analysis of the movie “The Giver”
“Instead of a ‘dystopia,’ this movie portrays a pseudo-utopia. For example, the movie ‘The Terminator’ features a futuristic dystopia, characterized by squalor, whereas the pseudo-utopian society of ‘The Giver’ features a peaceful human society which enjoys ideal climatic conditions. While the daily medication, lack of color, and disappearing senior citizens are cause for a ‘pseudo-‘ prefix, since a true utopia would be a flawless society.”
It’s certainly not surprising that many viewers tend to interpret the chaotic model as the true dystopia. Hollywood gives us many more examples of the chaotic dystopia, full of blood, torture, and violence. The Hunger Games is a glaring example. Yet by the end, a potential Brave New World is established by Katniss and her freedom fighters, from the ashes of her old chaos-based dystopia, the very solution the audience has been programmed to cheer for…
… a society that attempts to cure all of our old human ailments: our violence, our emotions, our selfishness, our chaos, replacing it with a stagnant, colorless, technology controlled world of perfectly behaved, programmed slaves… where creativity and spirit die.
Just because some futuristic totalitarian society appears to be clean and efficient doesn’t make it any less of a dystopia. Where individual human freedom and individual human potential are restricted and controlled, a dystopia still exists.
About the Author
David Nova is the author of the metaphysical fiction series “Season of the Serpent.” He is a truth-seeker, a Wanderer, a blogger, and the moderator of Deus Nexus: Messages For An Entangled Universe. For additional information about the author or his novels, visit his website, or his Facebook page.
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