“All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.”
Aldous Huxley, 'Brave New World' (1932)
When Huxley created Soma, he probably didn’t realise his contribution to making drugs such a ubiquitous part of science fiction. Mind altering substances have always been a part of human culture, and their inevitable existence in dystopian societies will doubtless influence man's ability to coexist and meet the challenges of a hostile future. What Brave New World is really telling us is that civilisation will only run smoothly if everyone is cheerfully wasted.
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