Brave New World Revisited Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You can read the book for free on but I recommend you read it either off-screen or not on a web page.

It’s been demonstrated time and time again that people who can come up with incredible, fictional worlds that have something tangible to say about our own, have the ability to do so exactly because they understand this Earth and universe so well. Huxley was no exception, and his addendum to Brave New World is a beautifully lucid account of where his original work, written 25 years previously, had failed to anticipate the great emerging forces that were threatening freedom as Huxley perceived them at the time. This list of the book’s chapters might give you some idea of what those threats were:

I Over-Population
II Quantity, Quality, Morality
III Over-Organization
IV Propaganda in a Democratic Society
V Propaganda Under a Dictatorship
VI The Arts of Selling
VII Brainwashing
VIII Chemical Persuasion
IX Subconscious Persuasion
X Hypnopaedia
XI Education for Freedom
XII What Can Be Done?

I’m incredibly curious what Huxley would have to say about our 21st century society and where his hopes would lie today – whether he’d still think that

“meanwhile there is still some freedom left in the world. Many young people, it is true, do not seem to value freedom. But some of us still believe that, with­out freedom, human beings cannot become fully hu­man and that freedom is therefore supremely valuable. Perhaps the forces that now menace freedom are too strong to be resisted for very long. It is still our duty to do whatever we can to resist them. “

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Living Life on the Small Screen and The First Steps of Combatting Internet Addiction

Or on any screen, I might add. I’m putting this HighExistence post right here to remind me in the coming days of my resolution to fight my internet addiction, and at the same time help you, dear reader, ask yourself whether you’re rockin’ in the same old boat. We have to do this together.

Because infinite novelty is becoming a real problem, you know.

Have I been turning my back to life? Imagining how many hours Daphne must have witnessed the above is discomforting.
Have I been turning my back to life? The number of hours Daphne must have witnessed the above is discomforting.


I have been counting my growth-killers and the distraction brought about from the internet has definitely been my No. 1 for months now, if not years – if not for far more than I dare to admit. I’ve been more than reluctant to do anything long-term to try to stop it, which proves that I really am addicted to the internet. Remember The Shallows? It’s no accident I pursued to read that book and praised it so much in my review.

A few resources in case you’re about to take this as seriously as I am:

Step 1: Do some reading: NoSurf, in the vain of NoPoo or NoFap. Will help motivate you and make you see that it’s not just you…
Step 2: Treat it like a real addiction.You have to take measures to distance yourself from your poison. HabitRPG (I’m a sucker for gamification, baby),, Freedom, Leechblock, RescueTime are good starting points.

Note that I haven’t implemented all the above yet but I’m making this open call for everyone interested to start together, inspired by some people who opted to stay away from the internet for 30 days and one who even made a blog to document the process.

Julien Smith

Turns out the guy who wrote The Flinch is keeping a blog. His favourite topics include –you guessed it– personal development, self-help and tips for helping others make their life into what they could only ever dream it to be. Beware; just like he demonstrates in The Flinch, this guy pulls back no punches. He’s ready to kick your ass into action and force you into some serious introspection. No wonder he’s buddy-buddy with The Minimalists. Put a couple of hours aside and check out his selection of best articles, which includes such inspiring articles as “The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck“, “How to Recognize an Idiot” and “Life Doesn’t Start Tomorrow“. I can guarrantee you won’t regret it.

Not to mention he has a crazy cool website. Oops, just mentioned it.