Today’s Quote: Aldous Huxley on the Human Condition

“Genius and angry ape, player of fantastic tricks and godlike reasoner—in all these roles individuals are products of a language and a culture. Working on the twelve or thirteen billion neurons of the human brain, language and culture have given us law, science, ethics, philosophy; have made possible all the achievements of talent and of sanctity. They have also given us fanaticism, superstition and dogmatic bumptiousness; nationalistic idolatry and mass murder in the name of God; rabblerousing propaganda and organized lying. And, along with the salt of the Earth, they have given us, generation after generation, countless millions of hypnotized conformists, the predestined victims of power-hungry rulers who are themselves the victims of all that is most senseless and inhuman in their own cultural tradition.”

Aldous Huxley, 1963

Cover of First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility

Cover of First Cause

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Paul West offers thoughtful analysis of on-field and off-field sports topics via PDub's sports Hub, and for years was a core staff writer for Through The Fence Baseball. A recurrent guest on Fox Sports Radio New Mexico, Paul is available for radio and other media appearances. To follow Paul on @firstcausenyc on Twitter, visit http://twitter.com/firstcausenyc View all posts by Paul West

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