This is mainly just coins that have no value for purchasing. This practice seems to be more for the social experience than the money itself. My initial impression was that the point of this story line is to emphasize the mindless value society places on monetary value and not cultural values. Later, I began to see parallels between the Musical Bank and organized religion.
Most people take these with a grain of salt. The music and social prestige of the Musical Bank may have direct translation to their equivalents in the church. This apparently provided the Musical Bank with a moral foundation that was becoming noticibly lacking by society. The suscepibility of the masses to the proclamations of the elite thought leaders is key. And the way this minority manipulate their message to fit their personal and political ambitions, so at odds with the underlying concepts. Even the protaganists, the queen and her very intelligent family and friends see the need to corrupt the truth to allow a justice to be done.
Thus, they used the same deceits that caused a problem to resolve the problem. There is a lot of research that could go on here on the actual evidence for correlation between Erewhon and English society of the 19th century. Probably between the Erewhon books and other literature, dystopic and utopic, of there era. This is the dystopia I am looking for. Here are some pertinent quotes. If this is unconsciousness, where is the use of consciousness?
Is it not safer to nip the mischief in the bud and to forbid them further progress? Among themselves the machines will war eternally, but they will still require man as the being through whose agency the struggle will be principally conducted. In point of fact there is no occasion for anxiety about the future happiness of man so long as he continues to be in any way profitable to the machines; he may become the inferior race, but he will be infinitely better off than he is now.
Is it not then both absurd and unreasonable to be envious of our benefactors? And should we not be guilty of consummate folly if we were to reject advantages which we cannot obtain otherwise, merely because they involve a greater gain to others than to ourselves? With George's help Higgs escapes from their clutches and returns to England.
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The Swiftian device of setting his satire in a fictional culture enabled Butler, as the critic Elinor Shaffer has written, "to analyse the phenomena of religion from their point of genesis, while disclaiming all responsibility for their uncanny parallels to certain known religions. When Butler submitted the manuscript to the respectable and long-established house of Longman , who had in recent years become his regular publishers, they rejected it for fear of offending their High Church clientele, even when Butler offered to pay the costs himself.
On March 24, he wrote to George Bernard Shaw , conceding that the book was "far more wicked than Erewhon ", and asking for his advice. The book duly came out under the Grant Richards imprint. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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