Brave New World: Guiding Philosophies of the World State

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Aldous Huxley's book Brave New World strongly, the vast majority of the population is unified under the World State, an eternally peaceful, stable global society in which goods and resources are plentiful and everyone is happy. Happiness is deprived from mass produced goods such as obstacle golf, Centrifugal Bumble-puppy, recreational sex and the most common one, the use of the drug soma; a hallucinogen that takes users on enjoyable, hangover-free "holidays". We meet the protagonist Bernard, who is primarily disgruntled because he is too small and weak for his caste and feels like an outcast. Spending time alone is considered an outrageous waste of time and money, and wanting to be an individual is seen as horrifying. Bernard learns from a friend that the Director has grown weary of what he sees as Bernard’s “difficult and unsocial behavior” and is planning to exile Bernard to Iceland when he returns from visiting the reservation. In a Brave New World, we learn that the act of being unhappy is prohibited, and if caught in such a state that you will most likely be banned. Similar situations can be seen in today’s society, maybe not as strict. If someone is seen as unhappy (depending on what state of unhappiness they are in) they can be sent away to a facility to seek help or see a physiatrist. Another similarity we see is the use of drugs. When people are in an unhappy state, they may turn to the use of drugs to alternate that.
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