The New World defines happiness as the absence of conflicts which could disturb its overall tranquility, and as a result make it impossible to control. Its motto “community identity stability” (Huxley 1) exemplifies the three ways for a society to succeed; by being concerned with the needs of the community as a whole, taking away its member’s identities, and maintaining stability by ensuring the overall happiness of the society. However, since the desire to achieve a utopian world has sacrificed all human qualities, civilization is unable to experience the feeling of being truly happy, only the effects of being conditioned to do so.
Every change is a menace to stability,” (Huxley 153). Lacking an identity causes problems with having close relationships with people, for the uniquenes... ... middle of paper ... ...e everything is perfect, yet the literal meaning for utopia is “nowhere”. No where will this idea ever be achieved, hence why I’m here reading it in a book. In order for this idea of a utopian society to work, individuality and free will must be stripped away. Huxley’s main goal through out this novel is to portray his views on todays society while manipulating humans and using technology to recreate humans as puppets rather than letting it all occur naturally.
In Brave New world, happiness is not derives from family, motherhood, or love; but it is derived from the drug Soma and the goal is to provide stability in the society so that no one may become unhappy. The reason why World State Citizens derived their happiness form soma is that they believed that there should be no feelings or relationships among citizens because relations cause emotional stability and therefore lead to unhappiness. Individuality and happiness are essential in this society, and the Savage John constantly seeks a way to fulfill the desire for independence and to sacrifice happiness; his confrontation with Mond exposes the sacrifices that are made to maintain happiness and stability in the society. The controller knows that its citizens are very smart, mostly alphas, so when they give them soma, they can be manipulated easily because they are seen as threat to the government. The use of soma can also be seen as a symbol of the powerful influence of science and technology on the society; stability depends on inequality; most citizens are going to be doing uninteresting or boring task for the rest of their lives, that is why they promote genetic engineering of embryos so that they can do the work for them.
Bentham further stretches this to society and believes that if everyone has the opportunity to achieve genuine pleasure that society would be better off. This is a sound assumption in theory, however it is a bit too idealistic. As history, has shown us human greed would not allow Utilitarianism and Bentham’s social adaption of hedonism to be present in society. His pattern of thinking logically brings him to his conclusion as well. The assumption that the population overall would adapt to this is not likely.
In our modern world, many would classify this current generation as disappointing and sometimes even, pathetic. We often categorize ourself as greed, trying to take more than we need. Many believe that our society is corrupted and can not be fixed although some sit back and just watch, much like, in both the book and the film. In 'The Giver', the elders gave an appearance of a perfect society with no violence, no problems and no pain but hid valuable information to many. They simply dismissed all of their wrong-doings for the better of their perfect world which in many cases is exactly like real life.
If we spend too much of our lives pursuing happiness through physical fulfillment, we will miss out on what is truly important, our relationships with other people and with God. He is also telling us to be careful with our science, or we may end up like the Utopians, mass producing identical citizens, then brainwashing them to think alike, and to think exactly what the government mandates. Huxley tells us not to cheapen sex through promiscuity, because it is supposed to be something to express a deep and undying love to someone, not a simple carnal pleasure. These were just some of the mistakes the Utopians made, all of which contributed to their lives being shallow and meaningless. They were not truly happy, because they misplaced their values and failed to see what brings true joy and peace in one's life.
Share the thoughts to make room for more. By this, society cannot shape us or those in Brave New World. Society can restrict one’s physical body and actions, but society can never restrict thought. Society can never restrict the happiness that one can gain from their own self-fulfillment, and that has become the human key to happiness. Works Cited Huxley, Aldous.
Through yell... ... middle of paper ... ...tunately see the opposite of how cultures are not to be oppressed by each other. The KKK is a hating group that will never succeed in their actions because they are not peaceful but ignorant and ethnocentric. Arguments are a great way to prove points when they are conducted with positive outcomes in mind but no one should argue about culture. No one should kill someone else because of their culture. Discussion of culture is commended, but no culture is better than another.
The authors of All Things Shining give indication that they dislike the idea of nihilism and believe that acts of heroism are the only sacred shining moments left in our secular age. The authors further suggest that their goals are to replace this complete absence of hope with new reason and abandon all despair, which will in-turn encourage others to pursue a meaningful life. In this world, there are heroes and pretenders. There are those who are quick to act, but are not deemed heroic. Whereas, there are those who are drawn by the world in a natural sense and are often referred to as heroes.
The less governed a society is, the better it will turn out is a view of his. Using things such as force would make the people resent him and not look at him as the “Guardian of the State.” The same goes for being narcissistic or boasting about their power. Even though they were from two different time periods, Lao-tzu and Machiavelli agree on some rules of ruling a society. Both want to help the people out with their basic needs, Machiavelli having military protection as the main one. Also, they want to have adaptable ruling to make the people happier and less likely to cause chaos in the society.