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Letter: Mature, become leader of own lives or surrender everything, he says

TO THE EDITOR: In the novel "Brave New World," Aldous Huxley presents a centrally governed society with its populace indoctrinated, controlled and constantly subjected to conditioning, even as they sleep; a mechanized society without nobility or heroism of any kind; highly centralized and collectivized, all remnants of individualism suppressed, thanks to a mood-stabilizing drug called "Soma."

An outsider named John, a "savage" from an Indian reservation in New Mexico, finds himself in the "civilization" of this brave new world. Confronted with the squalor and empty lives of the citizens, John causes a disturbance and gets arrested. Screaming "Don't you want to be free men?" he throws Soma pills from a hospital window.

He is brought before the "Resident World Controller" who, in an atmosphere of good-natured politeness, defends the civilization he helped to engineer.

The world's stable now. People are happy; they get what they want and never want what they can't get. They're well off, safe, never ill, not afraid of death, blissfully ignorant of passion and old age. They have no family or lovers to feel strongly about. They are so conditioned they practically can't help behaving as they ought to behave. And if anything goes wrong, there's Soma.

Does a loss of self-control to a central authority bring utopia? Carl G. Jung said, "When the state has taken the place of God, socialist dictators are religions, and state slavery is a form of worship."

Trend watcher Gerald Celente recently wrote, "Given the track record of both men (Obama, Romney) and what they propose to do if elected, the presidential race comes down to who is best qualified to destroy the most, the slowest." They destroy what is to build what they want.

We must mature, stop playing "follow the leader" and become the leader of our own lives, or surrender everything to the elites.