Dostoevsky Versus Georgy


R.F. Georgy has written one of the most powerful novellas since Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Cafe .Dostoevsky’s Underground Man is a miserable sort who lashes out against the nineteenth century. Georgy, in a compelling and provocative manner, brings back the Underground Man, in the form of the Cafe Dweller, in order to observe the digital age. The result is a chilling commentary on the information age. Our obsession with technology is reducing us to intellectual idiots. Information, according to Georgy “Paints no picture, sings no song, and writes no poem.” I must admit this is one of the most powerful statements I’ve ever read concerning the information age. You might call Georgy a Neo-Luddite who harbors a certain disdain for a world that is constantly distracted by texting, social media, and an infinite supply of information. Georgy argues that science has “become the ipso-facto intellectual authority of our time.” He sees us as living in an age where “information is confused for knowledge, actors and sports players are mythological heroes, and mediocrity is a virtue. Once Georgy is done debunking our utopia as an illusion, he proceeds to take on Nietzsche’s infamous God is dead declaration by differentiating between the God of philosophy and the God of the masses. In one of the most powerful statements concerning the loss of faith, Georgy declares:

“The God of philosophy became an unnecessary hypothesis. God was a problematic figure and a burden. If Philosophers couldn’t accommodate him, then it was easier to get rid of him altogether. In order to resolve his insoluble nature, God was axiomatically removed from the world of serious discourse. As philosophers were busy reducing God to an irrelevant construction, the rest of us continued to cling to the nostalgic memory of a divine force who gave meaning to our miserable lives. Philosophy, with all of its intellectual sophistication, was incapable of posing any serious threat to the God of the masses. No gentlemen, philosophy merely paved the way for a much more powerful force. As soon as science began to flex its muscle and dazzle us with its technological wizardry, God was in trouble.”

Notes from the Cafe is not simply another novella; rather it is an intellectual tour de force by a writer who found a way to communicate one of the most compelling indictments against the digital age. Aldous Huxley, in Brave New World, predicted a dytopian future where science and technology would keep us distracted by offering us the illusion of progress. We are today living proof of Huxley’s vision and Georgy is peeling away the layers of deception. This book is a must read for anyone who is exhausted by the onslaught of information.


Source by Jon Irving

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