Author: Aldous Huxley. Date first posted: Sep. 11, wiser, more conducive to a quiet life, to leave Loudon and start afresh in some other parish? Grandier. HUXLEY’S MASTERPIECE AND PERHAPS THE MOST ENJOYABLE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUALITY EVER WRITTEN..” — Washington Post Book WorldAldous. Note. In this short text, Aldous Huxley puts forward the hypothesis that the evils we ascribe to religious intolerance and obscurantism are instead a product of.
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This is a nonfiction novel, based on historical evidence, but embellished by Aldous Huxley’s notions of what the people involved thought and experienced. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from until his death in A certain corrupt priest Urbain Grandier offended some people in high places, and ultimately he was accused of witchcraft and blamed for the “possession” of a convent full of Ursuline nuns.
Religious and political ceremonials are welcomed by the masses as opportunities for getting drunk on herd-poison, and by their rulers as opportunities for planting suggestions in minds which have momentarily ceased to be capable of reason or free will.
Under Operative Witchcraft I class all charms and spells, whether used by a professed witch or professed Christian, whether intended for good or evil, for killing or curing.
Here our concern is with ‘vain repetition’ as a descending road into an intrapersonal alienation. There can also be reintegrations of personality under the influence of the posthypnotic adous issued by a rabble-rousing politician.
Herd-intoxication disintegrates the ego more thoroughly than does elementary sexuality. Naturally, there are other forces at work, not including local and powerful merchants as well dwvils other members of the Church in places as far-flung from Lourdes as Paris. Or at least if you do put it in a novel: It’s lamentable for several reasons. The organs of the body politic are purposive groups.
He dismisses the reality of the possession and tries to understand what lessons we can learn about human nature, religion and our capability of understanding the universe to any reliable aldoua whatsoever. Its enemies promptly disappeared. He also approaches a very difficult subject with enormous sympathy, showing a balanced view of all elements of the drama and conjuring a unique portrait of life at this time punctuated with philos Certainly not yhe easiest of books to read, but beautifully written and an astonishing story so well worth persevering with.
In most civilized communities public opinion condemns debauchery and drug addiction as being ethically wrong. The context changes, but the gist and the meaning are invariable.
Once found guilty he was forced to admit his guilt within the final minutes of his life. It is then redoubled after Grandiere is gone as Jeane tours Europe. And it ends strong with the Epilogue. Grandier maintained his innocence to the end and four dwvils after his death the nuns were alous being subjected to exorcisms to free them from their demonic bondage. But that’s not really what it’s about, either. In itself, this something else is the consciousness, so intense as to be exclusive, of physical pain.
The novel needs a character to relate to. It’s never less than well researched and well reasoned. The book, though lesser known than Huxley’s other novels such as Brave New Worldis widely considered one of his best works. Among the Celts, Sabazios was the divine name given to the felt alienation of being dead drunk on ale.
The Devils of Loudun
I mean, if you’re looking for something that deals with actual demon possession, or a piece of lurid fiction dealing with similar subject matter, this book probably isn’t what you’re looking for. I mean, it’s too bad more hxuley haven’t read or even heard of it.
Similarly drug addiction, if sufficiently widespread, may lower the military, economic and political efficiency of the society in which it prevails.
Fascinating portrayal of politics and “possession” in 17th Aldois France. But the novel doesn’t need it. These great goods and these enormous evils are the fruits of man’s capacity for total and continuous self-identification with an idea, a feeling, a cause.
And what would His Eminence say, when he heard that the only result of this carefully stage-managed ceremony had been to convince the spectators that the parson was innocent? It deals with actual events, that’s true.
Alcohol is heavily taxed, the sale of narcotics is everywhere prohibited and certain sexual practices are treated as crimes.
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But crowd-delirium aroused by government agents, crowd-delirium in the name of orthodoxy, is an entirely different matter. Otherwise, just appreciate the way Huxley weaves his thorough understanding of history, philosophy, and religion through this book. At the present time the destinies of the world are in the hands of self made demoniacs – of men who are possessed by and who manifest the evil they have chosen to see in others.
Certainly not the easiest of books to read, but beautifully written and an astonishing story so well worth persevering with. It is a notion labelled ‘God’.
Not the simple stuff: Ritual Witchcraft – or as I propose to call it, alsous Dianic cult – embraces the religious beliefs and ritual of the people known in medieval times as ‘Witches. Non facile, ma caldamente raccomandabile. To the illusion of understanding will be joined, in this case, the pleasure of hero worship, if the circumstances are favorable, and the equal, or even greater pleasure, if they should be unfavorable, of persecuting a scapegoat.
Lastly, people in the 17th century believed crazy things and did awful, aldoous things devlls each other. Would the Marxists prove tougher than the Thomists or the Vedantists? In this book, Huxley tackles the historical subject of the possession by the devil of the Urseline nuns in Loudun in the 17th century.
In Communist Russia, in Fascist Italy, in Nazi Germany, the exploiters of humanity’s fatal taste for herd-poison have followed an identical course.
Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in this subject or how it pertains to psychology or sociology. When left to itself, a society generally manages to come to terms with its favourite poison.
Then I would end the novel at, or very briefly after Grandier’s death. I see parallels in the behaviour of the Catholic church in authority institutions throughout history, the way they seek out enemies in order to legitimise their hold on power reminds me of Bitter Lake, the Adam Curtis film about how British aaldous in Afghanistan imagined enemies and in doing so created and devis real ones.