The Dangers of an All Powerful State
In the book Brave New World, Aldous Huxley introduces a utopia that is the total opposite of the current world today. In this utopia everything is changed, promiscuity is promoted, soma (a drug that everyone uses to escape from their true emotions) is distributed to everyone, people are in different caste systems, and consumerism and production is of vast importance. In an all powerful state, certain things must be produced to keep the current position of the state. There are many threats to having an almighty state.
If the state is all powerful, certain things are expected by the people. Since the state is truly all powerful, they will need to keep evolving, constantly. They must evolve to keep their reputation. Things will have to keep moving forward in such a swift pace. “They are up to date every morning and co-ordinated every afternoon” (7) The Director mentions about the Bokanovsky process, this shows just how quickly this state is evolving in this utopia. The state is forced to keep generating brand new material, because the population of the state will keep asking for more.
Evolving means to keep moving forward, if this state keeps moving forward, they will run out of ideas for the next new thing. The people of this utopia are so focused on what is yet to come, they forgot about all the great things that life really has to over. “Art, Science - you seem to have paid a fairly high price for your happiness.” (203) John discloses to the Director, Mustapha Mond. The people of this utopia are conditioned to
hate all art and science and everything that has to do with the previous world. They conditioned them so that they would only want all the new things that the new world promotes. If new material is high in demand all the time, the producers will quickly run out of new ideas for their next creation. They will eventually have thought of everything already.
Powerful states are always working to keep their...
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