Aldous Huxley prescribes antidepressants
In his excellent The Doors of Perception, brainiac Aldous Huxley talks the reader through the benefits of hallucinogenic drug-taking as a means of unlocking an otherwise out-of-reach level of thought. In Brave New World, however, he satirises an emotionally empty world where citizens neck ‘soma’ in order to fill the void. That was in 1931. Almost a century later, antidepressants and painkillers are the government’s own wry satire on the War on Drugs.