Great article Harry, although of the 20th century UK’s two great dystopian novels I have always enjoyed ‘1984’ slightly more, having come up against the bigotry and authoritarian attitudes of ‘The Party’ in my quickly aborted political career (I quit when it started to look like I might win one day,) I guess Orwell’s vision felt closer to home for me. Huxley however, depicts a world closer to where we are in 2018, with a version of Mrs. Thatcher’s ‘Nanny State’ (a cross between an early in the script Nanny McPhee and, for those willing to conform, Mary Poppins) operating in every developed state.
In the Brave New World people have everything except their humanity because we gain our humanity through facing adversity. Remove that which makes us strong enough to tackle life head on, but also teaches us how dependent we are on each other and we become childish and self indulgent.
I enjoyed the A E Houseman reference BTW, being originally a Shropshire Lad myself I’m familiar with those blue remembered hills. Land of lost content? I’m not sure about that, Dad moved us back to the city when I was fifteen, spending my late teens out in the stick might have been a bit boring :-)