Individual Freedom vs the Safety of Society

Topics: Brave New World, Mind, Thought Pages: 3 (768 words) Published: May 30, 2006
"The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization." -Sigmund Freud
The society we live in should be safe, at to some extent should be controlled, but a decision such as casting or uniting people into groups has its effects on both the person and the society. Controlling what the individual thinks and does may seem like the proper solution to today's problems to some, but, as we all know, all actions have their consequences. Sigmund Freud stated the truth when he said that individualism was the greatest before there was any civilization. In order to make such a decision, a person must have their ability of free thought, and if so, what are their criteria of a perfect society? Also, without free thought, we have no ambition to do any better, which can in turn damage the society and we, as people, would not be able to develop.

Freedom of thought and choice is what keeps most of us sane and is a viable asset towards living happily, assuming living happily is attainable. Others making decisions for us, never mind telling us what to think, do so under the pretense that they know what's best for us, when an interior motive may be the real reason.

"At last the child's mind is these suggestions ... the adult's mind too ... the mind that judges and desires and decides ... But all these suggestions are ... suggestions from the state!" -The Director, Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World"

It is a communistic ideal that states that a society where everything is controlled by the government or some other political corporation is a safe society. What if this isn't true? What if the person who made the decision of a "safe" controlled society is in reality turning the society into their ideal version of a perfect society where they may be the only one gaining? A character referred to as The Director from a book called "Brave New World," written by Aldous Huxley, has the idea that no one can think on their own....
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