Friday, June 29, 2012
Brave New World (1932) is one of the most bewitching and insidious works of literature ever written. An exaggeration? Tragically, no. Brave New World has come to serve as the false symbol for any regime of "universal happiness".. For sure, Huxley was writing a satirical piece of fiction, not scientific prophecy. Hence to treat his masterpiece as ill-conceived futurology rather than a work of great literature might seem to miss the point. Yet the knee-jerk response of "It's Brave New World!" to any blueprint for chemically-driven happiness has delayed research into paradise-engineering for all sentient life.
Brave New World
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How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.."
**Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1931 while he was living in Italy. Huxley said that Brave New World was inspired by the utopian novels
of H.G. Wells. Although the novel is set in the future it deals with contemporary issues of the early 20th century..
*Related works: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell
Brave New World Summary:
In the novel “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley the government tries to prevent its people
from speaking freely and thinking by giving them soma, a legal drug that is available for them
every day. Wouldn’t it also be easier for our government to manipulate its people and to know
that there’s nothing left in their heads other than rainbows, pink butterflies and unicorns?
Would the great leaders of our present world go this far to secure their office, and would there
be happier, more peaceful lives for us?
Brave New World’s government supports soma to ensure passiveness of its people and thereby
the stability of their created world. Alcohol, on the contrary, seems like an illegal drug in the
New World because you become an outsider by drinking it, though it is not forbidden by the
There would be no way for today’s great leaders to create such a “utopian world,” because to
control a society by such means should not even be the last resort.
We should be asking more questions about how people
are tested and judged to be mentally ill, disturbed, sick and chronically depressed, hyper-anxious/manic,
bipolar and the hundreds of other “conditions” such as insomnia..
What is the medical and psychiatric learning theory and diagnosis system that tests and evaluates people’s
mental, emotional, and physical needs. And what are some problems with these solutions? Are any of the
solutions Natural, Organic or Loving? How do we learn to conform to social standards of morals, education,
health, democracy, approval, praise, belonging, being normal, creative, happy or peaceful?
"..Ihad a dream of thousand delights; of lips so sweet and eyes so bright.."
"Brave New World" warns of the dangers of giving the state control over new and powerful technologies. One
illustration of this theme is the rigid control of reproduction through technological and medical intervention, including
the surgical removal of ovaries, the Bokanovsky Process, and hypnopaedic conditioning. Another is the creation of
complicated entertainment machines that generate both harmless leisure and the high levels of consumption and
production that are the basis of the World State’s stability. Soma is a third example of the kind of medical, biological,
and psychological technologies that Brave New World criticizes most sharply. . http://www.huxley.net/