Community, Identity, Stability?
Is there such thing as a world in the future where sexual interaction is the closest aspect of a community? Is it true that the people in this society are unable to choose what they want, due to the fact that they are genetically controlled of who they are? Or to eliminate someone’s sadness by just taking one drop of a drug can automatically make them feel better? Welcome to Brave New World. The motto of Brave New World consists of three words; community, identity, stability. These words create and conditions new human life in a civilized society that presents a dystopian view of the future. The word community is based on all the different castes of diverse people “working together” to become happier within each other. Identity is based on how the people in this society are supposed to be with themselves. Lastly, stability is achieved. Or is it?
The word community in the world state motto is used ironically. This is due to the fact that community is not achieved, the people in this society think it is but compared to our world now it really isn’t. In this society the community is prioritized over the individual. The community starts to speak about the concept that each of them has of happiness. The character John from the savage reservation thinks that the happiness of the citizens of Brave New World is not real happiness, it’s an artificial one. From John thinking this he is unable to fit into the world state society. The happiness of the community is based on the sexual interactions of one another. “The lift was crowded with men from the Alpha Changing Rooms, and Lenina's entry was greeted by many friendly nods and smiles. She was a popular girl and, at one time or another, had spent a night with almost all of them” (Huxley 129). The sexual activity between the people in this society is the closest thing they have leading towards a so called ‘’family’’. Also the director of this facility conditions the castes systems genetically, physically, and psychologically. They are conditioned to believe that an individual’s feelings are a threat to the community’s stability. “When the individual feels the community reels”(Huxley 94). This slogan shows that if one person is affected then everyone else is too. Community is achieved in the eyes of the Directors view by organizing life so that each person is almost never alone. This is succeeded by making everyone feel like they are close so they won’t feel a sense of loneliness or sorrow. “Everyone works for everyone else. We can’t do without anyone. Even Epsilons...”(Huxley 74). It is all about the society they would not know what to do if they were left alone.
Ironically, community does not care if an individual is to die as long as the community remains stable. John had to go through this terrible crisis. In the words of Keith Neilson, “John is called to attend the death of Linda, who took too much soma drug. Maddened by the callousness of people conditioned toward death, he instigates a mutiny of workers as they are being given their soma ration” (Neilson).
This was very hard for John, due to the way he was conditioned as a normal human to show love and sympathy towards death. But in this community Sympathy is despised, individuals do not matter. “Can’t you behave” (Huxley 206). When John breaks down in tears as is expected in normal life, a group young boys who are receiving there death conditioning start to make fun of him for crying. The society had a total lack of sympathy making John feel like him his feelings and mother are worth nothing at all.
Identity is created a result of genetic engineering. According to Keith Neilson, “The entire process, from the fertilization of the egg to the birth of the baby, is carried out by trained workers and machines and instead of one human being resulting, there will be from eight to ninety-six identical humans”(Neilson). These trained workers separate all embryos into five groups...
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