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1962 was a good year.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, 1967.

In 1962 Aldous Huxley published Island.  It is the account of Will Farnaby, a cynical journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala.  Island is Mr. Huxley’s utopian counterpart to his most famous work, the 1932 novel Brave New World.  Island was the final book of Aldous Huxley.

Lesson / Koan :  Compassion is a spirit experienced only after control is lost.

Thirty years earlier in 1932 the issues of concern in Mr. Huxley’s work (Brave New World) was control.  Who & What was in control and being controlled.  Thirty years later in 1962 it was all about “letting go”…of one’s self or one’s culture, etc.  A year later in 1963 Mr. Huxley died from laryngeal cancer, a condition he suffered with since 1960.  Mr. Huxley was highly regarded as one of the most prominent explorers of visual communication and sight-related theories.  One key for Mr. Huxley’s change to a utopian novel as his final work may come from his 1954 novel “The Doors of Perception.”  During the writing of “The Doors of Perception“, Mr. Huxley has been quoted that he “understood the Hindu concept of Satchitananda, as well as the Zen koan that ‘the dharma body of the Buddha is in the hedge’ and Buddhist suchness. Mr. Huxley also explained he didn’t have an ‘I’, but instead a ‘not-I’. Meaning and existence, pattern and colour become more significant than spatial relationships and time. Duration is replaced by a perpetual present.”  from The_Doors_of_Perception

The 1960’s were to say the least a time “dedicated to the creation of a psychedelic culture.”  Mr. Huxley experimented as much as anyone did during this free age, especially at his house in the Mojave desert.

Mr. Huxley lived in & around the Los Angeles area from 1937 until his death in 1963.  One of his close California friends was the writer, Christopher Isherwood ( author of “A Single Man“).  Mr. Huxley & Mr. Isherwood wrote a short story together, “Jacob’s Hands: A Fable“, not published until 1997.  The story is set in the Mojave desert, and involves a gift between a father & daughter.

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The inner sleeve for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, by The Fool (design collective).

Mr. Huxley’s influenced extended to others.  The legend has it that the band “The Doors” was named so per Huxley’s impression on Jim Morrison from “The Doors of Perception.”  Mr. Huxley also appears on the sleeve of The Beatles’ landmark 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  The collage for the album’s cover depicted more than 70 famous people, including writers, musicians, film stars. (The final grouping included the following friends of CUPtopia…Carl Gustav Jung, Aldous Huxley, Sigmund Freud, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, William S. Burroughs, Marlon Brando.)

BTW,

Aldous Huxley died on November 22, 1963.

Media coverage of Mr. Huxley’s death was overshadowed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on the same day, as was the death of the Irish author C. S. Lewis who also died on 22 November.  This coincidence was the inspiration for Peter Kreeft’s book Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, & Aldous Huxley.

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