they ought not to be adjusted, narrow spainish street, the superstitious and those who follow them

Writer Aldous Huxley in a reclining chair in a patio area with second wife, musician and writer Laura Archera Huxley in September, 1961.

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.” They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted.” – Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

The quote is not about me pushing  the thoughts expressed as much as something interesting written by someone born in 1894. While it was written in the persona of someone in a novel, let’s assume to some degree – a safe assumption if you’ve read about Huxley, that he believed that quote to some degree. It is not unreasonable for someone who lived through two world wars and saw the beginning of the nuclear proliferation movement, with it’s mutually assured destruction.

narrow street in Spain

narrow street in Spain. this started out as a project with some muted colors and a little blur, but i liked the way it looked when i changed the washed out 2nd layer to softlight in photoshop. thus soft, rather than muted washed out colors.

If you had lived through this you might have begin viewing humanity as neurotic, The real witch hunters: Hopkins and Stearne

There were pockets of Catholic practice as well as areas of intense Puritanism, creating a climate of paranoia and fear, particularly in the context of the Civil War.

While belief in witchcraft was common, witch-hunts and professional witch hunters like Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne were not. They were to become the forefront of what Professor Malcolm Gaskill of the University of East Anglia terms “the most brutal witch-hunt in English history”.

Allegations of witchcraft could be prompted by commonplace events such as the death of livestock, an unexplained illness, or the death of a child. Elizabeth Clarke was accused of witchcraft by a local man, John Rivet, after his wife fell ill. The charges laid against her included the killing of a clothier’s child, and spoiling beer.

….Hopkins and Stearne were the ringmasters but they could not have done it without the help, and belief, of others.

“There’s a tendency to think that they are the bogeymen who stand alone and that they are forcing this upon people,” says Gaskill.

“But there’s nothing they could have done had they not had the support of a whole range of people.”

“The form which Hopkins’ campaign took was unpalatable to many but the inspiration for it may have been more conventional in Puritan circles than we might imagine. Rather than believing, in the way we tend to, that this is a world of growth and progress, the godly feel that the world is accelerating towards Armageddon, the Final Conflict.”

“The godly feel that they – the saved not the drowned – will inherit the Earth as living saints.”

Hopkins, Stearne and the people they whipped into hysterical fear and superstition were responsible for the death of 100 women.