Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 month ago

What's your interpretation of the meaning of this Aldous Huxley quote?

"All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours."

and does it make sense for a devout catholic to share this quote?

5 Answers

  • bill
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    A catholic worshiper ,no, but the catholic church, yes.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Of course it makes sense for a devout Catholic to share this quote. Huxley more or less "appropriated" it, in paraphrase, from a Papal Bull of Loquatius VIII issued in 1472.

  • 1 month ago

    We created them. That is the powerful did. Then the poweful have God's authority over us. 

    In other words, this is a trick, for control.

  • 1 month ago

    Which came first: Man or God?

    If Man came first, then we invented gods so that we can have power over others, including other species. So, for many men, the gods have power over them, even if the rules come from other men. It's the justification for kings, queens, emperors and Trumps.

    As for a devout catholic sharing the quote... why not? 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    My interpretation is that it is incongruent with his lifelong pursuit of mysticism and his numerous claims of being agnostic, not atheist. But then when Aldous Huxley wrote this, he wasn't speaking for himself but was merely providing fictional dialogue for a character in his novel Island. Aldous Huxley was a writer of mostly novels and poetry, as well as a hobbyist philosopher. He was not a theologian or a sociologist of religion. Since this is just dialogue of a fictional character in a book by an author who isn't an expert, it doesn't make sense for anyone to share this quote, certainly not in the manner you misrepresent it.

    Your misrepresentation is akin to if I were to suggest that Charles Dickens thought everyone was a liar on the basis that his fictional character Ebeneezer Scrooge said so when he said, "Bah, humbug!" to everyone. 

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