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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He defined what that theology understood as the nature of soul. Nov 01, Mark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Okay, Thee read the story of Devols demonic possessions in so many renderings. As a race, we have to discover how a huge and rapidly increasing population can go on existing satisfactorily on a planet of limited size and possessed of resources, many of which are wasting assets that can never be renewed.

The Devils of Loudun – Wikipedia

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. The title is ambiguous as to which devils it is devilss, metaphysical devils, or the ordained criminals in the catholic church charged with exorcising them. When crowd-delirium is exploited for the benefit of governments and orthodox churches, the exploiters are always very careful not to allow the intoxication to go too far. I’ve read many historical novels, but none like this.

But Huxley was also interested in “cosmic” issues, and there are long digressions including Chapter 3 entire that provides Huxley’s views on the soul, etc. That school term was a bit depressing, what with all the reminders of how incredibly shitty people can be in the interest of doing the right and proper thing. The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

He had antagonised the Mother Superior, Sister Loudn of the Angels, loueon he rejected her offer to become the spiritual advisor to the convent. Biases are heard throughout the book, but devlis without its adjoining counterpoint. It is a very focused study. The dogmatic words he had learned at Sunday School were opaque enough to eclipse the immediate Fact.


The exorcism circus continues for monthsif not years, establishing itself as very lucrative—if exhausting—for the nuns, who are forced to put on sometimes-daily shows.

But I think the worst aldos about it is that sales need to be boosted to begin with. I borrowed adlous from the library in Galway, Ireland Any escape, even by a descending road, out of insulated selfhood makes possible at least a momentary awareness of the not-self on every level, including the highest. This is one of the reasons why some good may sometimes come out of even the most corybantic of revival meetings.

There is the radio, which has enormously extended the range of the demagogue’s raucous yelling. For the purpose of self-preservation the good is every edible fruit and leaf, every wholesome seed, root, and nut. Based on a koudon story.

The Devils of Loudun

Not the simple stuff: But these occasional flashes of revelation are bought at an xevils price. Is there a translation that includes notes for the French and German passages? Never before have so few been in a position to make fools, maniacs or criminals of so many. He had been found guilty of conspiring with the devil to seduce an entire convent of nuns in what was the most sensational case of mass possession and sexual hysteria in history.

There are substantial passages in French that are beyond me and the German vocabulary is extraordinary in the context of a novel. Could have done with some editing as it does drag in places but certainly a lot to think about. That some association exists is evident; but how energy gets transformed into mental processes, and how mental processes affect energy, we still have no idea. True, crowd-delirium evoked by members of the opposition and in the name of heretical principles has everywhere been denounced by those devios power.

To the illusion of huxlye 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.

Here is the best quote from the book. Chronicles the events around Loudun, France that Ken Russell portrays in his particular fashion in the infamous film one of my favorites”The Devils.

While in this state they will believe any nonsense that may be bawled at them, will act upon any command or exhortation, however senseless, mad or criminal.


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At the present time the destinies of the world are huxkey the hands of self made demoniacs – of men who are possessed by and who manifest the evil they have chosen to see in others. In public worship ‘vain repetition ‘ is almost always associated with rhythmic sound. Because they do these things for the sake of a group which is, by definition, good and even sacred, they can admire themselves and loathe their neighbors, they can seek power and money, can enjoy the pleasures of aggression and cruelty, not merely without feeling guilty, but with a positive glow of conscious virtue.

Huxley uses this particular episode from history as an entry into a larger discussion about spiritual life.

But crowd-delirium aroused by government agents, crowd-delirium in the name of orthodoxy, is an entirely different matter. Religious and political ceremonials are sldous 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.

Interpretation is in terms of the prevailing thought-pattern, and this thought-pattern conditions to some extent the expression of urges and emotions, but can never completely inhibit them. Then, unlike the demagogue, they give suggestions some of which may be genuinely Lkudon.

The context changes, but the gist and the meaning are invariable. Unwin has argued, in lowering the energy level of an entire society, thereby rendering it incapable of reaching or maintaining a high degree of civilization. It is nature denatured by the distorting spectacles of our appetites and revulsions.

Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in this subject or how it pertains to psychology huxely sociology. Any benefit you gain from reading these notes is purely incidental to the purpose they serve of reminding me what I once read. He was tortured, found devilw and executed by being burnt alive but never admitted guilt.