R.E. Prindle 101: Basic Facts, Or Close To It

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R.E. Prindle

R.E. Prindle

* DOB:  5/26/38 (Confidential, do not  disclose.) ~ POB:  Saginaw, Michigan ~ TOB:  11:16 PM         Mother: Yes. ~ Father: Briefly.
        * Sister  Catherine of St. Luke’s Hospital acknowledges, according to questionable  documentation, that REP was born at their institution.  REP was a  healthy         baby weighing in at 11/3.
        *  Contrary to appearances REP is not nor ever has been affiliated with the Roman  Catholic Church.  Maybe the doctor was Catholic.  Mr. Prindle’s  religious         training was  Congregational, Presbyterian and Methodist.  He has since renounced all  religious affiliations being of the Scientific Consciousness.
        * He  attended the following grammar schools – Emerson, Adams (uncertain as to which  Adams), Emerson again, Longfellow, Fuerbringer.
        * 7th to  9th:  North Intermediate School ~ 10th to 12th:  Arthur Hill High  School
        * Some  people complain about their schools, especially high school, claiming they  received useless information.  Prindle doesn’t.  Some of the  information         was irrelevant but he  feels that if he had absorbed the 98% he didn’t while at the same time taking a  number of useful courses that he failed to do, that he  very         likely would have been much  better off than he was with a meager 2% absorption rate.  Still, and this  is amazing, he believes he left high school  intellectually         ahead of 98% of his  fellow graduates.
        * The  above astonishing fact has never been noted by Mr. Ripley but it might well be  included in his compendium.
        *  Prindle attended the following colleges:  Oakland City College, Merritt  Campus, Marin Community College, Chabot Community College (all in the Bay  Area         of California).
        *  California State College at Hayward (since having undergone numerous name  changes.  At last report it may have been named California  State         University-East Bay.   Might I suggest UC-Berkeley South?)
        *  Prindle obtained a BA in History from the above vari-named institution.
        *  Graduate studies were undertaken at UC-Berkeley North and the University of  Oregon at Eugene.  No advanced degrees resulted rather Mr. Prindle  was         asked to leave the University  Of Oregon on the grounds that ‘he wasn’t the academic type.’  This may  possibly have been true but if true, Mr. Prindle believes  it         was irrelevant.
        *  NB:  Unlike high school where Prindle believes a lack of application  resulted in an under utilization of both his and the school’s facilities he  believes that with         the exception  of his summer at UC Berkeley his college years were wasted time and effort, at  the least unproductive.  However the vagaries of space  and         time are such that one thing  leads to another.
        * In the  interim between high school and college Mr. Prindle did time in the US Navy for  no sins of his own commission.  The less said about the this period  the         better.  Experience is  said to be a hard school and the Navy was one of the hardest.  While the  experience Mr. Prindle obtained was of value he feels that  the         price was overvalued.  He  hasn’t been able but help notice that those without the valuable experience  suffered no adverse effects in life.  But as a wise  old         commentator noted about a  famous American card game:  You plays ’em like you finds ’em. These were  momentous times of great excitement.  Being one  of         the elect 2% Mr. Prindle took  his chances and prospered.
        * From  the time he left his collegiate studies, such as they were, behind in 1969 he  never looked back.
             Mr. Prindle is not clear on what the last sentence actually means but he has  seen it used so often is similar situations that he thought it  might              apply.  Your comments are welcome.  Not appreciated but  welcome.
         To those addicted to  sequential reporting Mr. Prindle apologizes for reporting the Navy period out of  sequence.  He disliked the experience so much there is a  good     chance he would have left a blank spot in the record  instead.  Take what you can get.
         The next fifteen years of  the Prindle ‘Odyssey’ were spent in the phonograph record business.   Vinyl.  First in Eugene then in Portland a hundred miles up I5.
         As the saying goes:   If you’re not doing one thing you’re doing another.  The period was both  lucrative and instructive.  Whatever you put in the bag is in the  bag.  As     Bob Seger once said, or sang:  I wish I  didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.’  Mr. Prindle feels there is a  certain amount of wisdom in this statement.  However what  is     done is done.  There is no going back.
          As Mr. Prindle was  in the phonograph record business actually having listened to thousands of  records many a hundred or more times he naturally picked up  many     pearls of wisdom from the grooves as per Mr. Seger’s  sage comment.
         Mr. Prindle and Mr. Paul  Simon came to the same conclusion at the same time but rather than start a fight  Mr. Prindle wishes to allow Mr. Simon priority.  Suffice it  to     say that each woke up one morning something along about  1978 and said to himself:  I don’t think this stuff is funny anymore.
         No, the range of  possibilities had been exhausted.  Tedium alone loomed ahead.  Perhaps  a lifetime of inanity.  That’s insanity without the S.  Enough was  enough,     perhaps, too much.
         A famous group once  sang:  Change is now.  Well, they knew whereof they spake.  The  record industry cooperated by collapsing.  Just kind of went away.   Prindle did     not consider this a tragedy; he picked up his  marbles and went home.
         Had he seen all that life  had to offer?  Quite frankly, yes, and if it had more of the same he didn’t  want to see it.
         Prindle retired to his  books and studies.  Having amassed a huge pile of psychological detritus he  wanted to sift through the mass for the flecks of gold.  This notion  is     a very romantic approach to life which seems on the  surface as though it would be productive.
         As above, so below.   As it seemed it was.
         If anyone has read  Prindle’s ‘stuff’ they can piece the rest together.  He has studied and  written.  His interests are included in his writing.
         As of 7/31/05 his health  is as good as it was on the day he was born.  If he can never go home again  that is no loss, it wasn’t that good the first time.  Let the dead  bury     their dead.  (Another obscure saying that  requires some thinking out.)  Home is where you’re happy and Mr. Prindle  would be happy wherever he was.
         The above is copyright  2005 by Mr. Prindle.  Any unauthorized use will be will be visited by  divine punishment pronto!  Just a word to the wise.
                                                       THE INTERVIEW
        ERBzine:  I recently had  what some might call the pleasure of interviewing a frequent contributor to our  pages.  Mr. R.E. Prindle.  Without further ado I  present         the results of that  interview.
        How do you do, Mr.  Prindle.  Er, it is Mr. Prindle isn’t it?
        REP:  Could be.  Why  do you ask?
        ERBzine:  Well, I just  meant it as an introductory pleasantry.  Nothing personal.  Where  shall we start?  Oh, I know, what is your real, er, uh, full name?
        REP:  That’s between me and  my god.
        ERBzine:  Sure it is.   Well, I see that you use a number of different names in your articles.
        REP:  Essays.  Yes, I  do.  The umbrella name for the group is Ronald E. Prindle, that was the  name I was registered under with the government but I  use         mainly R.E. Prindle, Dr. Anton  Polarion and Dugald Warbaby.  Anton is my favorite but he doesn’t appear  that frequently.  Such is life.
        ERBzine:  Registered with  the government…?
        REP:  Yes, certainly, birth  certificate, Social Security, you know, an official identity, something that  will go on an identity card.  You have a birth certificate  don’t         you?
        ERBzine:  I never looked at  it…Yes. of course.  Were you born…pardon me, where were you born?
        REP:  That’s  disputed.  Some say that like Stewball I blew down in a storm but St.  Luke’s Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan perversely registered me there  so         there is some dispute about the  actual event.  They claim that they can produce a birth certificate stating  that I was born there but as I haven’t seen  the         certificate from St. Luke’s I  am reluctant to take their word for it.
        ERBzine:  I’m betting on  St. Luke’s but we’ll let that pass.  May I ask who or what Stewball is?
        REP:  You’re the  interviewer.  Stewball was a famous racehorse from out in California.   Some say Stewball was born but some say she blew down in a storm.         If you bet on Stewball you might  win.
        ERBzine:  Sounds like a  song.
        REB:  It is.
        ERBzine:  Was there a  particular date when you…uh…blew down in a storm?
        REP:  That’s an easy  one.  Remember it well.  5/26/38.  I look 67 but I feel ageless,  one with the universe like John Carter.  Haven’t figured out how to  look         thirty yet, though.
        ERBzine:  I think we may be  getting somewhere.
        REP:  My advice is stay  away from the difficult questions.
        ERBzine:  That’s a  tightrope act.  I see you quote a number of musicians in your art…uh,  essays, any favorite music?
        REP:  Fa.
        ERBzine:  Fa?
        REP:  Yes.  Fa is my  favorite note.  I am a one note man.  I sometimes practice it for ten  minutes or so in the shower.  Much more satisfying than Om  which         isn’t even a note.  All  my favorite songs make frequent use of Fa.
        ERBzine:  In that case you  should have a large number of favorite songs.  Could you share some of  those with us?
        REP:  I’ll tell ya.  I  like Wild Thing by the Pretty Things OK.  Written by Chick Taylor.
        ERBzine:  Chip.
        REP:  Chip what?
        ERBzine:  Chip  Taylor.  His name is Chip not Chick.
        REP:  How do you  know?  You say Chip, I say Chick, but for the sake of harmony let’s agree  on Chip.  Feel better?  And then I like a variety of things.         Driftwood On The River by Ernest  Tubb, Redwing, Somewhere My Love, Poor People Of Paris, some things like  that.  Webb Pierce, Hank Snow,  Jesse         Winchester, my folks were  hillbillies before the coal companies tore the hills down.  Now they live  on the flats.  Flatbillies.  I have a strong streak of  schmaltz         too.  Tommy Collins,  Roy Acuff, Mac Wiseman, people like that.  I’m more interested in a sound  than specific songs, but there are especially good songs.         Ever hear ‘There Ain’t No More  Can On This Brazos?’  Ask me again and I’ll give you a different  list.  Same tunes, different words.  Ha. Ha.
        ERBzine;  no.  This  might not be as bad as I feared.  Do you have a favorite color?
        REP:  Not anything you can  see.  But, yes.  More than one.  Depends on the time of the day  for the visible spectrum.  Of course, sometimes I get hung up  and         stay with a color for up to 36  hours  but mostly I’d have to say my favorites are off the visible  spectrum.
        ERBzine:  Off the visible  spectrum?
        REP: Oh yeah.  I have an  affinity for the shortest and most active waves ever since I learned about  magnetars.
        ERBzine:  I’m afraid the  term magnetar isn’t familiar to me yet.  Can you explain or are you making  this up?
        REP:  Answering your  question in reverse order:  No and possibly.  A magnetar is some sort  of collapsed star which periodically burps out these  massive         clouds of gamma rays which  then careen around the universe.  The earth passed through a gamma cloud  last December which was so strong it lit up  the         atmosphere and also lit up the  moon.  There very likely would have been mass extinctions, including you  and me if it had gotten through the atmosphere.   I         prefer gamma clouds or some such  sort of thing to account for various mass extinctions in the past to the silly  notions that comets were that destructive.         Everytime some of these so called  scientists want to explain something they lay it off on comets.  I’m tired  of the comet routine.  They don’t explain anything.
        ERBzine:  Do I understand  you to mean that you would like to cause mass extinctions.
        REP:  Oh absolutely, I want  peace in the world.  Nothing would give me greater pleasure.  The  misunderstood Roman emperor Nero is one of my heroes.
        ERBzine:  Nero?  He’s  generally thought of as being insane isn’t he?
        REP:  That’s what his  enemies say but what else would they say?  The term insanity is not to be  tossed about lightly.  True insanity is very rare; there  are         crazies, and nutcakes and the  like but the line between insanity and genius is so close that I wouldn’t go  around calling people insane unless I had a firm  grip         on the meaning of the term.
             I  really think of Nero as one faced with insuperable challenges, for his  personality and intelligence of course, who responded to his own  subconscious         needs when the going  got rough.  Life isn’t all that easy.  All the mythological heroes  have periods of madness as they try to adjust inner wishes with  external         realities.  The  stresses on Nero were much more than he or anyone else could bear.  Besides  people got used to zany emperors as witness Heliogabalus.         No one ever calls him  insane.  Still I like Nero’s responses to events..
        ERBzine:  Which were?
        REP:  Well, he once said he  wished all Romans had the same neck so he could strangle them all at the same  time.  If he could have transformed himself into  a         gamma cloud he probably would  have been overjoyed.  And then when he died he said something to the effect  that the world was losing a great artist  and         would never see his like  again.
        ERBzine:  You consider  yourself a great artist then?
        REP:  Not being an emperor  modesty forbids my saying so but if I were to be remembered I would wish to be  remembered as an artist, a good artist,  if         possible a great artist.   Yes.  But great artists are very rare.
        ERBzine:  Might I ask who  you consider to be great artists?
        REP:  Yes.
        ERBzine:  Well…OK…Who  do you consider great artists?
        REP:  Salvador Dali.
        ERBzine:  That’s it?   Anyone else?
        REP:  No.  there are  picture painters and writers and whatever but only Dali had all the attributes  of the great artist.  You mentioned the term insane a  minute         ago.  By ‘insane’ I  understand someone on the other side of the boundary of sanity.  Someone  who has hopped the fence so to speak.  I equate sanity  with         conventionality.  Nutty  or mad are usually fairly conventional states, no imagination, if you know what  I mean.
              Therefore I consider Dali to have been insane.  He’s really looking at the  world from the other side of the fence.  The very antithesis of Picasso who  was at         best conventionally  unconventional.  The guy was a bourgeois whereas Dali viewed life from the  other side but he was not maniacal which is to say insane  and         irrational.  It’s not  always easy to tell whether such a person is irrational or a genius.  Nor,  will everyone recognize the difference but it can be  demonstrated         that Dali was  supremely rational.
        ERBzine:  Hm.  No one  else?
        REP:  No.  Mozart  maybe.  A couple writers come close.  Dumas pere has moments when he  has moved over into a parallel universe as does his  countryman         Eugene Sue but the  state of mind is difficult to maintain, especially in literature.  Scott  and Balzac operate on the edge but they didn’t have what it took to  hop         the fence.  Balzac may be  a special case as was, now that I think of it, E.T.A. Hoffman.
        ERBzine:  OK.  Do you  have a favorite breakfast cereal?
        REP:  Cheerios.  And I  favor raw whole milk.  No pasteurization.  Although the enemies of  mankind’s enjoyment are doing their best to completely outlaw it.   I         would hope they couldn’t succeed  but prohibition is in that type’s blood and they always do.
        ERBzine:  I suppose, I  know, you’re right.  One wonders where these nobodies get their  power.  Before I ask you questions about your work on the  ERBzine         which is getting extensive  would you say that if you had your life to vie over you would change anything?
        REP:  Very fair  question.  Yes.  I’d change everything.  First thing I’d do is  eliminate 90% of the world’s population, move everybody I didn’t like to the  Bight of         Benin and leave the rest  of the world to me and my friends…
        ERBzine:  Mr. Prindle  no.  No, Mr. Prindle what I mean is would you live your very own life over  the same way.
        REP:  I see you’re looking  for a conventional answer.  Well, Son, as a question that doesn’t merit an  answer.  What is done is done and can’t be undone.         Remember that .  Things are  just the way they were and that’s it.  Suffice it to say that I have gone  through some very difficult times that I would have avoided if  I         had had the sense and  means.  I had a bad attitude but the attitude was given me by others before  I had a chance to put up the proper defences.
              Nevertheless, I have been blessed with a very active and intelligent mind.   By standing on the shoulders of giants, as the saying goes, Freud not least  who         despite himself gave something  of value to the world, no artist though, I have been able to integrate my  personality, reconcile my Anima and rectify  my         Animus.  As you can see I  am a healthy animal, what has gone awry science has corrected.  I didn’t  wait around hoping for Allah to do anything for me.   The         only thing that counts is  ‘now’ and now life couldn’t be better; if things take a turn for the worse which  in this Time Of Troubles is very possible I have  the         psychological means to deal  with things.
             I  have gone from bad to better and from better to good which is if not a miracle a  rare exception.  Since I can’t change the past I have learned to  understand         it.  I am at peace  as much, I think, as any man can be.  I have an active mind, I have  interests, I get up every morning with zest.  I like my house, like myself,  I         like my wife.  Convert  those into psychological symbols and see what you get.  OK?  Now, kid,  did I answer your question?
        ERBzine:  OK.  Maybe  you’re not insane after all.
        REP:  I may be, I may not  be.  The point is, how would you know?  Besides by my definition of  insane, I’m not even close either as a genius or a lunatic.
        ERBzine:  I didn’t mean  anything by it.  Now, about your essays.  What are you trying to  say?  I mean, other than the obvious?
        REP:  My writing?   What am I doing?  1.  I’m an historian.  I try to get beneath the  surface of the facts to see how the facts became the facts, then interpret  the         facts according to the intent  of the participants along with the unintended consequences.  What we think  we’re doing is irrelevant it is what we’re actually  doing         that counts, the unintended  consequences you see.               2.  I also consider myself a student of the history of the development of  human consciousness hence my interest in psychology.  I mainly follow Freud  for his         organization of personal  psychology but I am also aware of the contributions of the Jungian school.   Works such as Eric Neumann’s The History Of  The         Development Of Human  Consciousness.
        ERBzine:  Um, I know you’re  going to be sensitive about this but…uh…you know, Mr. Hillman at the ERBzine  has gotten letters and phone calls  complaining         that  you’re…um…well, you know, very prejudiced against certain uh…groups.   How do you answer that?
        REP:  By groups I suppose  you mean religious groups.  Well, I’m not surprised.  They complain  every time you mutter the word evolution.  But, you know,  to         include yourself in one  religious group is to exclude all others which is the nature of an ideological  or religious stance.  So for a religious person to call  anyone         else a bigot is like the  pot calling the kettle black.  Forget ecumenism, the word’s an  oxymoron.  I thought I had to get oxymoron in at least once,  it’s  kind of a         mark of something.   One can’t be of a religious mind without thinking all other religions or  understandings are in error.  That’s what religion is, can’t be  any         other way.  If anyone  says it can they’re looking you in the eye and lying or so ignorant they aren’t  worth talking to.  A religion is an exclusive point of  view,         hence the very bigotry they  decry in others .  Bigotry, that’s the word you meant to use, wasn’t it?
        ERBzine:  Well, yes.   The ERBzine has had some complaints.
        REP:  Once again, I’m  sure.  I can only say that if I were a bigot Mr. Hillman would have shut me  down since bigotry certainly doesn’t befit the image of  his         magazine.
              However, I can say that I have no more feeling for or against one religious  group than another and that feeling is not ‘hatred.’  I have compassion for  them as         one would for a little  child.  When one combines the states of human consciousness with Freud’s  ideas of group psychology both of which have  scientific         validity, then it  becomes clear that with the mental development of, at least, a portion of  mankind to a scientific consciousness that moves thought from  opinion         to fact.  Science in  its own way is an exclusive approach to knowledge but that knowledge is based on  objective truth which make religion irrelevant  and         obsolete hence the charges of  bigotry.  People can believe anything they want but one isn’t required to  respect those beliefs no matter how many laws  are         passed requiring you to.   Shovel sand against the tide!  Leave me alone.
              One can’t be scientific and religious at the same time.  If Einstein said  one could, that proves  Einstein was religious and not a scientist.   In other words, the         evolution of  Homo Sapiens has evolved past the religious types whatever sect they may  be.  Garbage is garbage, it doesn’t matter how you pronounce it.         There is nothing supernatural,  and that is the basis of religion.  Do you see?
        ERBzine:  You don’t mean  that science, the scientific consciousness is better than religion, do you?
        REP:  Why sure.   That’s the reason for the complaints.  Is Homo Sapiens superior to the  ape?  Of course.  The difference between the scientific and  the         religious is not so obvious  but it is no less real.  That is largely my message and what they object  to.  It has nothing to do with bigotry, however it is  necessary         to reject religious  claims for consideration on a scientific basis.  And then what I am saying  is also revolutionary.  It overturns the belief system that  the         religious consciousness has  insidiously imposed on the scientific consciousness in reaction to it since,  say, 1893.
              The scientific consciousness simply cannot let itself be imposed on.  The  result would be the planet of the apes, you see?
              The conflict is largely between the Semitic concept that a supernatural being  created the world six thousand years ago in the exact form in which we find it.         The evolutionary concept which  really begins in astronomy seeks to integrate mankind into this cosmic  reality.  So you say some religious people  have         complained and I should take  them seriously.  I can’t, no one can, but that isn’t bigotry.   Nonsense is nonsense and they are going to have to face themselves.         The ape in the mirror so to  speak.
        ERBzine:  It sounds  reasonable the way you explain it.  I certainly don’t believe the earth was  created six thousand years ago.
        REP:  Exactly.  So,  welcome to the scientific consciousness.  If you hadn’t before you now  have  no choice but the accept the concept of evolution.
              Now that we’ve got that settled we are at one with ERB.
              So, the foundation of what I mean to say is the three books of Something Of  Value which Mr. Hillman has been gracious enough to publish.  Revolutionary         stuff.
        ERBzine:  I only know of  two books.
        REP:  The third is on the  way.  The two books you have read, I assume you have, are both a defense of  the scientific consciousness which seemed  necessary         in light of the  religious bigotry that resulted in 9/11 and an offensive against that religious  bigotry.  Whether I have succeeded or not I have attempted to  give         we scientifics a defense and  offense for ourselves.
            If it  has been necessary to criticize the policy or agenda of specific religions then  that is because the aggression against the scientific consciousness  is         coming most strongly from those  quarters.  I must defend my own belief system and that is not bigotry so  that is my answer to the complaints.  I hope it  is         adequate.
        ERBzine:  Alright.  Fine.  I can accept that but we’ve also had complaints, and I think this is  legitimate that your beliefs don’t have anything to do with  Edgar         Rice Burroughs and this is  an ERB site.  What do you say to that?
        REP:  How do I answer  that?  This might not be so easy.  Let’s go back to the 1893 Chicago  Columbian Exposition.  Everything I have just been  discussing         was laid like a feast  at ERB’s feet at the Fair.  Mr. Hillman, coming from a completely different  angle from mine, I don’t mean to implicate him in any way  in         what is my understanding, and I  have realized the importance of the Expo on Young Burroughs.  I certainly  didn’t and I presume Mr. Hillman didn’t realize  the         breadth and depth of the  experience of the Fair.
              The doings not only took place on the fair grounds but throughout the city as  with the Parliament Of Religions which has been discovered by we scholars  at         the ERBzine.
             So  that Burroughs was presented with scientific and technological wonders as well  as sociological, anthropological, psychological, historical,  agricultural         and even religious  wonders in a huge mass at one time.  Further he had a whole summer at the  Fair to have his senses bombarded.  It appears to have  come         into his mind as a lump which  he only slowly began to differentiate and which found its way into his writing  in bits and pieces strewn throughout his work.   Even         if one considers his farming  activities at Tarzana.  It is quite possible that the vision of all those  fruits and vegetables on display at the Fair may have  resulted         in his planting every  conceivable type of fruit or vegetable plant at Tarzana.  The Fair  literally blew him away.
              So, the things I discuss in Something Of Value can be and are related to the  formative forces on ERB.  I have the advantage of seeing the same things  in         a more evolved state so that I  can read them back into what ERB understood or what I understand him to have  understood.  You see?  So that  having         organized these beliefs  into a whole I can then apply them to specific works of ERB in my current series  of essays.  You dig?
              The ERBzine published the list of books in ERB’s library.  The man noted  the date he finished reading Edward Gibbon’s Decline And Fall Of The  Roman         Empire.  The book made  a huge impact on him as it should have.  I have read that work also so I  potentially know what ERB knew.  The same with  other         books in his library.   When I read du Chaillou and his book on West African gorillas I am sure I will  have a key to the first four Tarzan novels which appear to  be         based on that book.              So  you see it all builds toward the goal of how Burroughs’ thought and  reasoned.  Of course, the readers may think I have failed in the attempt  but, you         know, it’s like the old  folks say, C’est la vie.
        ERBzine:  Yes, but how can  you be sure you’re right.
        REP:  I can’t be sure I’m  totally right but my contribution so far as it goes is reasonably  accurate.  If you read my Men Like Gods it attempts to relate  ERB’s         fascination with the body  builders of his time, which no one else has attempted, with his mythological  knowledge of the man-god Heracles.  At some  future         time I will have to trace  the concept of the man-god in Burroughs’ work.  I have the background,  that’s all I can say, I have developed the background to  see         these things and now I can  apply them to Burroughs’ career.
              I’m tired now, can we continue this tomorrow or the next day?
        ERBzine:  Sure, Mr.  Prindle.  Maybe Wednesday?  We at the ERBzine appreciate your taking  the time to explain this stuff.  Eleven AM Wednesday, then?
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    Oddly enough the most serious blow to his reputation came from a most unexpected quarter. There was one man who saw what Ford had actually accomplished. In the peculiar way of futurists he was extremely conservative. He disapproved of Ford’s dream, or at least his method. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley was released in the early thirties, just about this time. Huxley perceived the religious underpinnings of Ford’s activities. In his novel, Huxley dated time B.F. and A.F., Before and After Ford. He referred to Ford’s contribution to the advancement of civilization as only a conservative, perhaps even a reactionary, can. In gentle and pernicious satire he belittled and ridiculed Ford. Even Huxley’s human beings were turned out on a Fordian production line.

  2. reprindle Says:

    Hello, if this isn’t computer generated I found the comment interesting so I rescued it from spam. I don’t know why you appended it to this post.

    I consider Huxley to be amazed by Ford and perplexed. Mass production in the Ford manner was new, the Taylor method brought to perfection. I have read Brave New World several times and all of Huxley’s novels more than once. As a social realist I think possibly Huxley didn’t know how to evaluate Ford’s contribution so that the BF and AF is acually a significant compliment. Perhaps you disagree?

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