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Who Are We?
A Lecture by Aldous Huxley
Plus Questions and Answers

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Running Time 70 minutes


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  About Who Are We?

“It wasn’t Huxley’s wit alone, of course, that powered his talk—he was a master conversationalist generally. His imposing height, magnificent profile and sonorous voice all contributed, but it was the way he used words to shape ideas that accounted for the magic… I seldom left his presence without feeling recharged, as if some new corner of the world—if not new vistas of being—had opened before me.”

—Huston Smith from Remembering Aldous Huxley
LA Times Book Review, November 20, 1988 

In Who Are We? Aldous Huxley explores the human “mindbody” from the empirical to the transcendent, beginning with the workings of human physiognomy, touching on the function of the brain, commenting on both the importance and limitations of language, and ultimately advising that we “uneclipse ourselves.” 

In the course of his long association with the Vedanta Society of Southern California, Aldous Huxley was an important contributor to the Society’s literary heritage. Who Are We? and the informal question/answer session were recorded at the Society on a wire recorder and have been digitally transferred by Vedanta Archives and mastered by mondayMEDIA. While the audio quality of the Q&A session may be less than modern studio standard, the spirited exchange is not to be missed. The entire Question/Answer session straddles two CDs, part being included at the conclusion of Knowledge and Understanding. When Knowledge and Understanding was originally released, it was believed that the Q&A followed that lecture; but we've since discovered that the entire Q&A session that is split between these two recordings followed Who Are We?

From Bill Moyers' website (See Source):

Who was more prophetic, Orwell or Huxley?

“We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”. In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.”

Cover & Disc Art: Aldous Huxley, portrait by Don Bachardy (1962, ink on paper, 73.7 cm X 58 cm, copyright Don Bachardy, all rights reserved). Collection of the Huntington Library, San Marino, California. Special thanks to both. Bachardy's work can also be seen online (by clicking the links below) and live in Santa Monica at Craig Krull Gallery and in New York at Cheim & Read

Produced in conjunction with Vedanta Press and Vedanta Archives.