Common knowledge is that live in a world where people are selfish.The more successful people seem to be the more their ideas and actions seem to revolve around themselves.Society,Technology,Caste system,and sex and drugs have a major influence in the world we live in pointed out by prestigious writer Aldous Huxley. Huxley who was a english writer and philosopher presents these in a novel called The Brave New World. He introduces a dystopian society where Human nature tries to fulfill urges,dreams, and desires. How can one learn from Huxley’s book to not make the same mistakes? Simple not giving into temptation, practice being unselfish,and kind.Then there would be a possibility of making an ideal world.
Huxley’s book that takes place in the future totalitarian society that has lost its morals,and humanity. People are brainwashed and conditioned to believe in a false sense of what is right and wrong. Most of the citizens of the World State are selfish,controlled,and base everything in superficial things that have to do with the value of an individual. Society is broken,one could say poisoned even. There is no true emotions,feelings,or kind gestures.Everyone seems to be shallow, and heartless to the extent they don’t realize they are in the wrong.“It was the sort of idea that might easily decondition the more unsettled minds among the higher castes—make them lose their faith in happiness as the Sovereign Good and take to believing, instead, that the goal was somewhere beyond, somewhere outside the present human sphere; that the purpose of life was not the maintenance of well-being, but some intensification and refining of consciousness.”This quote from the book shows how people in higher caste in society Mustapha in this case can use their ranking to censor information,and preserve authority over the citizens of the world state.
A big aspect of the book was caste system everyone is assigned into a category fitting their looks,and qualities.Each caste is given a different task ,or job which are done to keep ̈A perfect society ̈ alive. There are five castes Alphas who are on top below them Betas,after Gammas,Deltas,and Epsilons. This increased the number of issues this society has. People aren’t treated equally,not given the same fundamental rights,and freedoms. People are not allowed to choose for themselves. Bonds of family are broken,and one has a predestined future or role once out of an incubator since there aren’t any mothers. Bernard Max has to struggle to find his place in this society this is the case for many of the societies in The Brave New World.
The Citizens of the World State are also manipulated with drugs,and sex. The citizens take Soma a drug used to prevent the people to speak their mind,or try to change the way the society is.This advanced drug takes away human qualities,emotions,and self expression. People take this drug daily,and live as if they were robots. Lenina a character in the book takes these drugs and they help her emotions to seize and become more dependent on soma,which led to her demise. Soma is also taken as part of the religious practices they have in the book while people have orgies. People don ́t have sex for love,but as a way to numb their loneliness,issues,and lust. This is mentioned in the book while Bernard Max who does the ceremony,and the ceremony makes him feel even worse than before after joining this odd ritual.
Technology is by far one of the most important aspects of this book. Technology found in this futuristic world are things like hypnopaedia conditioning,Bokanovsky process,and medical interventions. This Twisted use of technology to play god,and have absolute mandate and control over the citizens lives is wrong. Huxley warns about this in this portion of the book that talks about these in specific. Children are processed,and from birth are coded by sound on how to run society.This implementation of science and technology instead of making a safer,and more stable society it made it worse. Life is ruled over technology,and humans are now expandable. This treat of technology is warned against by Huxley in a storytelling manor,that wouldn’t make anyone want to even attempt to do it. He warns that there is a way to big of a price to pay to be a perfect society. This can include the destruction of individualism in a modern world full of technology advancements. This constant growing reliance on technology will sooner than later ruin human society,and tarnish it. Huxley recommends not having to rely on technology to make the right choices,and succeed in making an ideal society.
Huxley warned of what could happen if we let ourselves astray,and trust our future to machines,and auto destructive behaviors.That we would not live a perfect world rather a living hell where we aren’t really happy, and truly alone.