Friday, February 05, 2016

Prophetic

"Aldous Huxley was uncannily prophetic, a more astute guide to the future than any other 20th- century novelist. Even his casual asides have a surprising relevance to our own times. During the first world war, after America's entry, he warned: 'I dread the inevitable acceleration of American world domination which will be the result of it all...Europe will no longer be Europe.' His sentiment is widely echoed today, though too late for us to do anything about it. The worst fate for a prophet is for his predictions to come true, when everyone resents him for being so clear-eyed."
--J. G. Ballard, quoted in
"Prophet of Our Present. Review of Aldous Huxley: An English Intellectual" by Nicholas Murray. The Guardian, April 13, 2002.

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