Amusing Ourselves to Death

What George Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Aldous Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture … As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, 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 distraction.”



Tonight when I walked in a 7-Eleven shop in my local town, a “foreign” person caught my attention.

I don’t know his nationality, by only seeing he can’t speak Chinese I know that he’s a foreigner. An Asian guy, probably Korean or Japanese.

Through time, China’s economic status has increased, it seems more and more foreigners are flowing in in this newly emerged power.


Is Humanity Most Aesthetic in Constraints or in Freedom?

What makes humanity most prosperous and aesthetic?

In Middle Ages, by obeying a set of codes a knight can be well regarded and cherished on his behaviors. The spirit of Chivalry.

However, the most jaw-dropping music is also composed by madman like Beethoven, passionate and wild.

Pliable humanity.

Do disciplines, constraints necessarily make one perform better? Or one needs an environment of freedom, liberty to truly achieve his goals?