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Aldous Huxley and his Impossible Utopia Novelist and essayist Aldous Leonard Huxley was born on July 26 1894 in Godalming in the county of Surrey England which included his father Leonard Huxley a prominent literary man and his grandfather was TH Huxley a biologist who led the battle on behalf of the Darwinian evolutionary hypothesis He once almost quit school because of a eye disease but Aldous went and studied at Oxford lived mainly in Italy in the 1920s where he met and befriended DH Lawrence and moved to California in 1937 with is wife Maria Nys His early writing included poetry short stories and literary journalism but his reputation was made with his satirical novels Crome Yellow 1921 and Antic Hay His later writing became more mystical in character as in Eyeless in Gaza and Time Must Have a Stop while Island is an optimistic Utopia He also experimented with drugs The two essays about his mescaline adventures are The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell nicely chronicled through letter correspondences during the time in Moksha The title of Doors of Perception lifted from poet William Blake inspired rock singer Jim Morrison to name his group The Doors Then in 1963 Huxley with his wife by his side ingested a dose of mescaline while on his deathbed Aldous Huxleys Brave New World shows humanity that an obsession with a utopia as they world they live in will come with great cost and is near impossible as he shows that the problem is knowledge destroys value of life As man has progressed through the ages there has been essentially one purpose That purpose is to arrive at a utopian society where everyone is happy disease is nonexistent and strife anger or sadness are unheard of Only happiness exists But when confronted with Aldous Huxleys Brave New World we come to realize that this is not in fact what the human soul
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