In his 1945 book, The Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley wrote, “Our present economic, social and international arrangements are based, in large measure, upon organized lovelessness.”
Some things just never change. And some get worse.
The good news? Some kinds of organized lovelessness have dwindled since 1945, albeit too slowly, such as institutional racism and sexism. (Sectarianism overall yet thrives.)
In the end, money is, always has been, and hopefully won’t always be the most organized way to conduct lovelessness. I even use it to be loveless toward myself. It is such an efficient means.
Just contemplating things from a little light reading in some old notes taken several years ago during the study of an old book.
Related reading (I think so):
- In the blog cittavrttinirodhah I enjoyed this concise overview of the perennial philosophy as seen by Huxley.
- At least for now, I recommend the Richer By Far blog by Bill Britton. I liked his treatment of the need for contemplatives in all culture, in the post, Daily Riches: Is Monastic Life Pointless? (Judith Valente, Aldous Huxley and Mother Teresa). I also respect the intention and style in the author’s approach to blogging about spirituality, sharing insights from great thinkers on universal topics, and relating them to scripture. Bill says, “My goal is to give you something of uncommon value each day in less than 400 words.” I also like the clean, simple style of his blog. I’ve abandoned religion, but I’m going to follow this blog for a while because I like the way Bill looks at some things, and the effort he puts into tying them together.
- Things you didn’t know about Alan Watts and Aldous and Laura Huxley, but will enjoy finding out in this article in the hipmonkey blog: Zen Master Alan Watts Discovers the Secrets of Aldous Huxley and His Art of Dying. Includes an hour-long 1968 interview of Laura Huxley by Alan Watts about her posthumous biography of Aldous, This Timeless Moment.