Pala’s Destiny


Aldous Huxley’s great novel, Island, is the story of an island paradise called Pala populated by individuals bred through genetic distillation and raised to live a life of enlightened present moment awareness. “Here and now” and “Attention!” squawk the ubiquitous Mynabirds as they’ve been trained for decades to remind the human population.

Technologically modern yet free of military, crime, and poverty, this idyllic country is sitting on oil reserves that will make the young soon-to-be king rich and powerful. This great grandson of the island’s founder and anomaly of the population is about to turn life on the island upside down in his lust for power and wealth.

As in James Cameron’s film Avatar, the book’s central character, Will Farnaby, initially conspires with the Island’s enemies upon his arrival but eventually falls in love with the beauty and truth of the island’s culture and its people. Ingesting a dose of the hallucinogenic moksha-medicine used for rites of passage, Will finally forgives himself for his past transgressions, but at the same time, vividly witnesses the tragic fate of his newly beloved island called Pala.



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