Brave New World Essay - Society's Moral Decline

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Brave New World Society's Moral Decline Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World out of fear of society's apparent lack of morals and corrupt behaviour during the roaring twenties. Huxley believed that the future was doomed to a non-individualistic, conformist society, a society void of the family unit, religion and human emotions. Throughout the novel, Huxley predicts many events for the future, most of which concentrate on a morally corrupt society. The most important of these predictions include: greater sexual freedom, over-population, brain-washing/sleep-teaching, and the use of mind altering drugs. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World warns of a possible future dystopia, based on social attitudes and medical advancements of his time. Huxley's future dystopia is created largely by perverted sexual freedoms, which in turn cause corrupt individuals, entirely lacking ethics and morals. Sexual promiscuity appears to be a much more frequent activity now then it was in the Thirties. Critics blame "...the advent of the pill for declining morality and indiscriminate sexual activity." Many believe that each time medicine reduces the risk of unwanted diseases and pregnancies, society, on the whole, will increase its sexual activity. Huxley's prediction of promiscuity is based on his iron law of sexuality: "As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase." A current example of Huxley's belief is China. China is the last remaining communist regime, it also suffers from having one fifth of the world's population within its borders. Needless to say, China's large population is a direct result of a very sexually active society. Aldous Huxley's fears of the future caused him to write about sexual freedom and the resulting over-population in Brave New World. Over-population is another problem which is addressed by Huxley, and is the direct result of sexual freedom. The fear which Huxley addresses concerning population control is: "Food supplies cannot grow as fast as people can, and population growth in underdeveloped countries will jeopardize the world order." Simply stated the growing population of earth will consume more than it will be able to produce, unless some form of regulating births can be created. This is an obvious truth today, as millions of people are starving each day. The brave new world that Huxley speaks of, is a warning to mankind concerning its destruction of the laws of nature. For example, marriage is forbidden, as well as, pregnancies, and mothers are non-existent because possible children result in abortion.

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