what they are. In so far as they have any personality at all, it is the personality we mistakenly attribute to their class a personality that is, by definition, intrinsically evil. We practice alchemy in reversetouch gold and it turns into lead; touch the pure lyrics of experience, and they turn into the verbal equivalents of tripe and hogwash. Or else it is all a matter of geometry. The language we use about war is inappropriate, and its inappropriateness is designed to conceal a reality so odious that we do not wish to know. Will they be in a fitter state to make a just settlement? The personification of this abstraction appears, in classical fancy-dress and holding a very large toasting fork, on the backside of our copper coinage; appears in verbal form, every time we talk about international politics. Translated, this becomes: You cannot have international justice unless you are prepared, with a view to imposing a just settlement, to drop thermite, high explosives and vesicants upon the inhabitants of foreign cities and to have thermite, high explosives and vesicants dropped in return upon. Aldous Huxley, Essays: The Oddest Science. In other cases personification is used for the purpose of concealing the fundamental absurdity and monstrosity of war.
Several excuses are always less convincing than one. He is best known for his books. What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood. Écrivain britannique, et aussi humaniste, pacifiste et satiriste. Accordingly, when we talk about war, we use a language which conceals or embellishes its reality. Rulers seldom find it hard to recognize their friends. We are given two choices - famine, pestilence and war on the one hand, birth control on the other. Aldous Huxley, Essays: Drugs That Shape Mens Minds. Again, the answers are pretty clearly in the negative. To think correctly is the condition of behaving well. The next two sentences may be taken together.
As if the soldier died without a wound: As if the fibers of this godlike frame Were gored without a pang: as if the wretch Who fell in battle, doing bloody deeds, Passed off to Heaven translated and not killed; As though he had. Aldous huxley, Brave New World In regard to propaganda the early advocates of universal literacy and a free press envisaged only two possibilities: the propaganda might be true, or the propaganda might be false.