The modern world has a strange way of acting out in reality what our forebears took for absurdity and satire.
Take 1984 for instance. No doubt Orwell thought his dark foreboding vision of a communist future was just that—a vision. However, as time marches on, or slouches on, we approach ever more closely the totalitarian nightmare of IngSoc. Our rights and liberties are daily eroded and outright stolen by unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats, and the endless special interest groups that crawl all over them like lice.
Another example is the fascinating novel “Erewhon” written in 1871 by Samuel Butler. Over seventy years before Orwell, Butler produced his story of a trip to an imaginary land which, he thought, would show through satire some of the most absurd behaviors and frivolities of society. In one part of the travels of our hero through Erewhon, he is at a supper party given by a Mr Thims, where he met some professors from the Erewhonian “universities”—the Colleges of Unreason.
One, a Professor of Worldly Wisdom, expanded on the malicious nature of genius, which, he held, was a great offense against Nature. His fame lay in his extensive work in suppressing any form of originality in students.
…“It is not our business,” he said, “to help students to think for themselves. Surely this is the very last thing which one who wishes them well should encourage them to do. Our duty is to ensure that they shall think as we do, or at any rate, as we hold it expedient to say we do.” In some respects, however, he was thought to hold somewhat radical opinions, for he was President of the Society for the Suppression of Useless Knowledge, and for the Completer Obliteration of the Past.
And as our hero remarks in the story,
…And really it is hard to see how the Erewhonian theory differs from our own, for the word “idiot” only means a person who forms his opinions for himself.
What a perfect description of the real-world “universities” of today! Not a word need be changed. Every student of quack sociology, gender-bender studies, or trans-lesbian armpit hair studies would subscribe to that, albeit expressed in the more turgid meanderings of post-modernist mumbo-jumbo.
Butler’s fantasies of the Colleges of Unreason have come to pass in actuality, now. It is possible, in some of our institutions of Higher Ignorance, to be disciplined by not subscribing to dogmas such as men can become women, which is biologically impossible.
Up next, Newton’s Laws of Motion will be classed as “hate” as they were formulated by a white man (as was almost all modern, and ancient, science).
Little did Samuel Butler know, that his biting satire would be turned into a demented reality by the progressives of today.