Daily Wisdom-isms: That Hideous Strength

Today’s bit o’ brain food is from “That Hideous Strength”, by C.S. Lewis. Yes. The same one that wrote the Chronicles of Narnia. Though that series is perhaps his best known, he was a visionary and prolific writer and thinker. Find a summary of the novel here. In the novel, the National Institute of Co-ordinated Experiments, or N.I.C.E, has dire visions for the future of humanity. Including clearing out much of Nature’s “living clutter” to make more room on the Earth and evolving mankind through science regardless of whether Mankind wants to be evolved or not. In this excerpt, Lord Feverstone is speaking to Mark (a college fellow) trying to recruit him for N.I.C.E. Enjoy!

“You don’t mean you want me to write up all this?”
“No. We want you to write it down–to camouflage it. Only for the present of course. Once things get going we shan’t have to bother with the great heart of the British public. We’ll make the great heart what we want it to be. But in the meantime, it does make a difference how things are put. For instance, if it were even whispered that N.I.C.E. wanted powers to experiment on criminals, you’d have the old women of both sexes up in arms and yapping about humanity. Call it re-education of the mal-adjusted, and you have them slobbering with delight that the brutal era of retributive punishment has come to an end. Odd thing it is–the word ‘experiment’ is unpopular, but not the word ‘experimental’. You mustn’t experiment on children, but offer the dear little kiddies free education in an experimental school attached to N.I.C.E. and it’s all correct!”—That Hideous Strength pp. 42 and 43

Sound familiar? Look around. There are examples of this kind of thinking all over the world. It’s been around for a very long time. Eating away at our humanity and freedom one sneaky, subversive thought and/or action at a time. Still can’t see it? Here’s a KMFDM quote that will sum it up for you:

“Divided and conquered,
gripped by fear,
wishful thinking that it can’t happen here…

Control the airwaves,
Fuel the reaction
Use every weapon of mass-distraction
Turn active people into passive consumers
Feed ’em bogus polls and harebrained rumours”—-KMFDM “Stars and Stripes”

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About Universal Shift

I am the Sonata Unusual. I coat myself with some obtuse angle too far below zero to become any warmer. I create motivation, activate schemas, moisten gardens with scents of natural honeydew. Construct this meaning, you sleepy flock. Silence your singing—despairing contortions out of tune. Shatter the brittle butterfly glass with your hideous wailing. I am born of my god’s imagination. When I die I shall meet him. For there are many things to discuss over tea…or scotch.

Posted on April 11, 2012, in Author, Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality, Spirituality, writing and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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