More on Huxley’s “Brave New World”
I have been thinking more about the society in Huxley’s New World. On all accounts, most of his characters are devoid of individuality, creativity, and the hunger for knowledge. Most do not seek to better themselves or learn anything outside their biological manipulation. They work, get high on Soma, engage in gratuitous sex, attend mindless entertainment events, and never ask questions. These people, like computers, cannot move beyond the hand that programmed them. To most of us, this kind of society would be horrifying. A true dystopia. Yet, in Huxley’s world, most of them are truly happy. They want their world just as it is. Any other way seems like archaic nonsense to them. Huxley’s world has not experienced war for generations. There is no poverty or despair. No murder. In fact, very little crime at all. The police just spray people who “act up” with Soma. Problem fixed. So, is this world dystopic? Or are we, at present, the dystopia? I know that Huxley refers to his Brave New World as a “nightmare” but, to some people on our present-day violent and unstable Earth, Huxley’s New World would be utopia. A job, a home, food and medicine, soma, and when the alternative is death, who cares about individuality? Any thoughts?