Island Faith VS Belief
“Faith is something very different from belief.
Belief is the systematic taking of unanalysed words much too seriously.
Paul’s words, Mohammed‘s words, Marx‘s words, Hitler‘s words
– people take them too seriously, and what happens?”
“History is the record of what human beings have been impelled
to do by their ignorance and the enormous bumptiousness
that makes them canonize their ignorance
as a political or religious dogma.”
Island is the final book by English novelist Aldous Huxley, published in 1962. It is the account of Will Farnaby,
a cynical journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala.
Island is Huxley’s utopian counterpart to his most famous work, Brave New World,
itself often paired with George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The ideas that would become Island can be seen in a foreword
written twenty years after the original publication of Brave New World:
- If I were now to rewrite the book, I would offer the Savage a third alternative.
- Between the Utopian and primitive horns of his dilemma would lie the possibility of sanity…
- In this community economics would be decentralist and Henry-Georgian,
- politics Kropotkinesque co-operative.
- Science and technology would be used as though, like the Sabbath,
- they had been made for man, not (as at present and still more so in the Brave New World)
- as though man were to be adapted and enslaved to them.
- Religion would be the conscious and intelligent pursuit of man’s Final End,
- the unitive knowledge of immanent Tao or Logos,
- the transcendent Godhead or Brahman.
- And the prevailing philosophy of life would be a kind of Higher Utilitarianism,
- in which the Greatest Happiness principle would be secondary
- to the Final End principle – the first question to be asked
- and answered in every contingency of life being:
- “How will this thought or action contribute to, or interfere with,
- the achievement, by me and the greatest possible number of other individuals,
- of man’s Final End?”
- Nirvana is a blissful state or freeness of mind.
- You can see the true essence of things;
- you can see their Reality.
- The Palanese are taught to understand
- and appreciate life by being constantly aware
- of who you are in relation to all experiences.
- Over a thousand birds inhabit the island mimicking the word,
- reminding people to pay attention to everything they do.
- From the beginning, children are taught to do things with
- “the minimum of strain and maximum of awareness“.