Happiness without Truth in Brave New World and Island by Aldous Huxley
Utopia is a feeling within a society where perfect is achieved to create stability and happiness. In the novels Brave New World and Island by Aldous Huxley he explores this idea. In the novels the author demonstrates that happiness cannot coexist with truth. The use of lies, corruption and inhumane sacrifice are used to create a false sense of happiness. The predominant use of lies in both novels simply to obtain a “Utopic” Society is a clear indication that happiness cannot coexist with truth. The author Aldous Huxley illustrates how the use of lies has the ability to make a society appear as though it is actually perfect. In the novel Brave New World Sir Thomas Moore states the root of what is thought to be a perfect society but clarifies the one misconception, its existence. “Utopia is sometimes said to mean ‘no place’ from the Greek ‘O Topia’ but others derive it from ‘eu’ as in ‘eugenics’, in which case it would mean ‘healthy place’ or ‘good place’. Utopia, may have been punning: utopia is the good place that doesn’t exist. – Sir Thomas Moore (Brave New World. 2007) Philosopher, Sir Thomas Moore states that Utopia, which is the ultimate place of happiness, doesn’t exist; this may foreshadow that the entire premise of the body is a lie. The idea of happiness and perfection is a positive outlook, it allows for unity and stability within a society, which would be ideal. In reality, perfection is unattainable and genuine happiness may not always be a possibility for some yet the government continues to convince civilization that everything is okay and nothing is ever wrong. Exposure of weakness, flaws and impurities allow other to take advantage and destroy the success and stability created solely on happiness. The thorough use of the great words of a philosopher, the author demonstrates how happiness cannot coexist with truth; happiness exists truth exists but never in the same instance as it is impossible to live perfectly, life is unpredictable, and uncontrollable. Mustapha Mond proves that there was one a world where the honest truth and natural beauty were the main objectives of the government in this society yet the need for control, stability, greed and power eliminated the individuality it had once acquired. Truth and beauty are indeed desirable qualities, faulty but aesthetically appealing and therefore Mustapha Mond would argue that it is simply unpractical. Whereas comfort and happiness are not always desirable, requiring sacrifices for the greater good, artificially made it is less faulty and provides long-term success. The future is guaranteed with a man-made society, claimed Mustapha, with God and religions tomorrow is never guaranteed, hence “Our Ford” as opposed to ‘Our Lord”. “Our Ford himself did a great deal to shift the emphasis from truth and beauty to comfort and happiness. Universal happiness keeps the wheel steadily turning; truth and beauty can’t. And, of course, whenever the masses seized political power, then it was happiness rather than truth and beauty that mattered.” (Brave New World. 2007) Mustapha illustrated that happiness cannot be left up to chance believing in a higher power that one cannot see with the natural eye is allowing too much freedom and creativity the beauty of God would ultimately upset the perfectly ordered society. The truth of the universe was the beauty and individuality it allowed each individual to possess. Thus, “Our Ford” has eliminated the aspect of truth by be ridding the beauty for comfort and happiness, and the cost of individuality creating one mass of a human society without a single independent thought of their own. In this sense the government had created a false sense of happiness within the society. Happiness is viewed differently by all, many have different ways to go about attaining and maintaining it but regardless of how one may define it, it has the same effect on everyone by...
Cited: Huxley, Aldous. Brave new world. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2007. Print.
Huxley, Aldous. Island. New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 20091962. Print.
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