I just saw that Aldous Huxley’s birthday is tomorrow. His A Brave New World often takes a backseat to 1984, and rightly so if only because Orwell’s book is a much better read. Still, Huxley deserves to be upheld as an oracle just as much as Orwell. With “soma” he predicted psychotropic pills long before they existed.
You’ll probably never see very much news about pills like Prozac and Lexapro. Pharmaceutical companies buy a lot of TV ads. But after rereading Molly’s article Prescription For Violence: The Corresponding Rise of Antidepressants, SSRIs & Mass Shootings, I wish we’d look deeper into them. I want to know if some pills can lead to violence, or if a correlation exists betweeb mass shooters and antidepressant abuse because they are part and parcel of a world going mad.