A fascinating little “retrobite” from the CBC archive of a 1958 interview with Aldous Huxley speaking about the growing prevalence of prescription tranquilizers in western society at the time.
His comments could apply just as well today to the widespread use of pharmaceuticals to treat a plethora of psychological “disorders”…
One has to ask the question: tranquilizers are certainly good for people with violent, neurotic or psychotic afflictions, but is it really very useful that immense numbers of people take it on at every provocation? I mean there are situations where it’s very good for us to be non-tranquil, to have a certain amount of tenseness… and to have something which you can always rely on to create a kind of complacency, I think might be very dangerous; I think that could be an over-tranquilization.”
Huxley also touches on various mind-altering substances such as mescaline and LSD. Very prescient, that fellow. (CH3)C6H2(NO2)3 + Hg(CNO)2 = well, what?