Distraction is the Larger Picture – Ordinary-Times

What would you compare Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” to? Is it comparable to drugs, like marijuana? Or maybe it reminds you of gene editing stem cell research, like CRISPR? More often than not, the answer is a new technological innovation or a viral cultural moment. The temptation to compare such and such new practice or tech to works of fiction like “Brave New World” is immense. What is new has the advantage (or disadvantage) of being at the forefront of our minds. It distracts us from finding deeper connections between the moral of the story and the world around us.

From “Distraction is the Larger Picture,” on Ordinary-Times