Double Entry Journals
Quotes/Summary of Event
| My Thinking, Questions, Connections & Reactions
| Pg. 8 “SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS CIRCUMSPICE”
| I know this language is Latin. In the forward it is used in a way to honor educators. I think this might say “A monument that requires searching”Online it says, “if you seek his monument, look around”. (Merriam Webster). It seems similar to what I thought it said originally. I wasn’t surprised that it was along the lines of looking for something because the word circumspice reminded me of the English word circum-navigate.
| Pg. 10 “This really revolutionary revolution is to be achieved, not in the external world, but in the souls and flesh of human beings.”
| This line is being used to describe Huxley’s view of what a true revolution should be. In this quote it seems that Huxley is saying the only way a revolution could be successful is for it to be of the people not for them. The revolution can’t be in our society, but instead, in us.
| Pg. 11 “Nothing like oxygen-shortage for keeping an embryo below par.”
| It seems unnecessary for the people of BNW to make social classes; won’t social classes always exist? People are not born equal in intelligence or ability in the natural world. What advantage do these “scientists” think is given by prearranging what each person will be capable of?
| Pg.29 “They’ll be safe from books and botany all their lives”. “It was decided to abolish the love of nature but not the tendency to consume transport”.
| I know botany means the studies of plants. Why would the scientists want the ‘Deltas’ to not like books or plants? It was because about 3 centuries ago all classes of people were conditioned to like nature and transportation but that meant on the weekend they were unproductive so now they are conditioned to like transportation and country sports, which means they still consume transportation.
| Pg. 30 “Human beings used to be.” he hesitated; the blood rushed to his cheeks. “Well, they used to be viviparous.”
| What does viviparous mean? The context of it in the book seems to be like a bad word would be today to say. After this line it says “Born”. Viviparous: (of an animal) Bringing forth live young that have developed inside the body of the parent. (Dictionary.com) I was right it meant to have kids, BNW people are so used to babies being hatched and don’t know what it’s like for someone to give birth.
| Pg. 32 “Moral education, which ought never, in any circumstances, to be rational.”
| The D.H.C. expresses the idea that moral education is accepted in the society. However, those morals are determined by ‘The World Controllers’. Reasoning, fate, or God do not play a role in moral education. Nothing is to ever be based on proper reasoning and especially emotion.
| Pg. 34. “Till at last the child’s mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child’s mind. And not the child’s mind only. The adult’s mind too all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides- made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions!” The Director almost shouted in his triumph. “Suggestions from the State.”
| Everything the people think or want to do is from the state. People can’t/aren’t allowed to think for their self’s. They are told what they do and don’t like. The Director seems very proud about how the state can decide on what the kids are to know/learn. If you think about it closely this is almost done in today’s society. Schools are all regulated per region in the world and things are chosen on what kids should learn, and what is morally right/wrong.
| Pg. 35 “Nowadays the Controllers won’t approve of any new game unless it can be shown that it requires at least as much apparatus as the most complicated of existing games.”
| Why would the controllers not allow a game that is simpler than any current games? All games must be more complex in how it works than current ones to be approved....
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