As man has progressed over time there has been one thing strived for more than
anything else. That has been to arrive at a utopian society, where everyone is happy,
disease is nonexistent, and conflict, anger, or sadness are unheard of. In a utopian
society only happiness exists. While reading Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, I came
to realize that this is not what humans really want. In fact, utopian societies are much
worse of than the societies of today. In his utopian society the individual is lost in the
melting pot of similarity.
In the utopian society that Huxley presents, everyone is happy, but there
are no differences between the people. Everyone is brought up to be happy, and most
do not even know what sadness or anger is. All emotion is cured artificially through
surrogates or drugs. Even happiness alone is not unique to the individual. Soma, the
hallucinatory drug, the 'perfect drug' that is used by all, even induces the same kind of
happiness. It is hard to imagine what it would be like if everyone was always in the
same mood. The same thing, a drug, would make everyone happy. Personally, I would
thing this would make people more apathetic because no matter how bad things got they
could just take some Soma. The only variant is to what extent this happiness
overwhelms the user.
"Everybody belongs to everyone else" (Huxley 127) is the basic psychology of
the society. This suggests that an individual owes everything to society, but society in
turn owes everything to him or her. This applies to all. No one gains off the efforts of
others and no one performs excessive manual labor for minimum wage. Everyone is the
same. In Huxley's perfect world, sex is a normal undertaking. Each individual engages
in it almost everynight, but it is not for pleasure. Along with that, no one knows what
marriage is. They simply have each other... [continues]
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