A Critical Review of Lord of the Flies

Garbage – should be dropped from all curricula. Worthy only in emergency conditions where no toilet paper is available. More jaundiced Hobbesian delusions peddled as thoughtful social commentary. Pure rubbish. Sickening misanthropy at its most crass.

What Lord of the Flies does is to train people to view themselves and others with suspicion and mistrust, and, as the greatest philosopher of the 2oth century, Alan Watts has said, “People who mistrust themselves and others are doomed.”

Putting this toxic candy floss on reading lists is like teaching Ayn Rand to pre-schoolers – you just don’t warp and twist little minds like that. Maybe it is a masterpiece, as a piece of literary fiction, perhaps, but as social commentary, which is how it is generally interpreted and treated, it is infantile, parading anthropological ignorance as wise insight. It would be the equivalent of taking the social Darwinists seriously, or the flat earth society, to teach this as an informed and informative piece of social commentary or social philosophy. And in that regard, yes, it is toxic, and it is pure rubbish.

Read Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid, Rifkin’s The Empathic Society, Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade, Huxley’s The Perennial Philosophy, Alan Watt’s The Book, The Way of Zen, and Psychotherapy East and West, Campbell’s Hero With A Thousand Faces, and Bookchin’s The Ecology of Freedom, to detox your mind and regain some clearer perspective after ingesting this poison. Then go take a bath, followed by a long walk in the woods, to rekindle a vision of the glory of nature, and purge this foul plague from the mind.

JTR,
January 12, 2016

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