What does Aldous Huxley’s Island tell us about the essence of humanity?

In his final novel, Island, Aldous Huxley created a vision of utopia where the Pacific island of Pala is an “oasis of happiness and freedom,” free from the trappings of capitalism, consumerism, and technology.

Some say that the Island is an example of humanity at its sanest and most admirable. Yet it ends, predictably, in sorrow, “the work of a hundred years destroyed in a single night.”

So, what was Huxley’s point in creating then destroying a vision of paradise?

Read the full article in The Partially Examined Life.

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