Science And Technology In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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Think about the last time you went out to a restaurant, take notice of just how many times you checked your phone or scrolled aimlessly when the conversation dulled. Technology has come to a point where it requires our attention, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. Similarly, in the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, society has been completely altered through the aid of science and technology. In the words of Mustapha Mond, "It isn 't only art that 's incompatible with happiness; it 's also science. Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled" (Huxley). In the novel, the individuals learn to regard science as the greatest good, however even Mustapha recognizes that progress sometimes holds hidden…show more content…
Religion in the Brave New World is seen as unnecessary, “What follows? Evidently, that we can be independent of God. 'The religious sentiment will compensate us for all our losses. ' But there aren 't any losses for us to compensate; religious sentiment is superfluous“ (Huxley). There is no reason for religion according to this society, it is merely a way to compensate, and if nothing needs to be compensated for, it has no purpose. Many people look towards a higher power when things are tough in their own lives, but if they don’t think anything is wrong with their lives, there is no reason to search for a God to believe in. People may search for a higher power for all of the reasons including; a way to explain things, to have faith that someone has your best interest in mind, and that all of the difficult things that may be happening to you have a purpose. However none of these problems are relevant. The Brave New World eliminates the possibility of people searching for religion even further because all holy texts are banned. Furthermore, if an individual were to feel the need to search for a God, they would have no place to look. Throughout the novel people praise Henry Ford, and even keep track of years using the system A.F. (After Ford). While some in our society would praise “Our Lord”, the New World praises “Our Ford”. This concept further exemplifies how the love of technology has replaced any desire for spirituality. In summary, religion has no place in the New World due to prohibited religious texts and the praising of a

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