The authoritarian state in Brave New World is obsessed with making people “happy” even if they don’t want to be. Its aim is “universal happiness” because if people are happy there’s more likely to be social stability. People must be made to “like their unescapable social destiny”, officials insist. Brave New World, the antihero known as “the Savage” rebels against the happiness agenda, telling his smiley-faced rulers: “I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin… I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.” I believe that we should claim the same right against prying in our emotional lives today.
The people of Brave New World are kept calm with a drug called soma. Described as having “all of the advantages of Christianity and alcohol and none of their defects”, it’s a psychoactive drug that induces feelings of calm, therefore contradicting any need to discover and potentially tackle the true source of one’s distress. Soma subdues all “malice and bad tempers”. Modern society uses antidepressants in a disturbingly...
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...he fact that babies could be mass produced. Although we cannot produce babies to the quantities that were used in the book, but there are still methods in today’s society to get similar results. Test tube babies are the closest related technology to the book in how to have a test tube baby they can produce outside of the body.
I believe that Huxley predicted the future very well. Some of the things he predicted were closely related to what is going on in the modern world today. I personally wouldn’t want to live in the “World State” just because there are too many specific roles of people that control almost all parts of their society. As far as the prediction of relying on soma to cure the unhappiness I believe that is what we tend to do now. People in the modern day turn toward drugs to feel high and happier than go through whatever is bothering them right then.
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