Brave New World

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Fifty years from now the world that we have become so accommodated with will seem odd and unnatural because of our ever-changing society. Even though circumstances between the two communities may seem different, they still revolve around the same basis. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the society includes many of the same principles that we can see in our everyday life. Even though our world may not seem so closely related to that of Brave New World, many similarities exist. The fact that our worlds share many similarities scares me. Some of the frightening similarities in both civilizations include the rapidly deceasing level of pain tolerance, teaching through technology, and segregation.
Huxley presents the drug soma, which compares to all the painkillers in our world today. By taking the user on a “holiday,” it makes the user unaware of his surroundings. When one takes soma, he would escape the dolorous reality and enter an elated world. One can compare soma with painkillers. People have accommodated with using pain relievers even in at unnecessary times. The pain tolerance level of our society rapidly decreases; therefore, whenever the slightest pain arises, people take painkillers. One can also compare the effects of soma with the effects of painkillers in the sense that both belittle pain. Instead of enduring the pain, one would take a pain reliever or soma to make the pain go away. No more feeling lachrymose about anything anymore because of drugs. Both drugs show how the societies cannot face pain on any level, but instead act craven, and take a drug. Life in Brave New World cannot function without soma, and the same applies in our world.
The World State uses hypnopædic practices to educate the society on how to live just like how technology always feeds us with information. In hypnopædic practices, a voice under the pillow constantly feeds information into the ear of the person sleeping telling them how to live life. This relates to how the

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