Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)


Imagine a world where people worship machines, happiness is a requirement of life, and we have forgone family, solitude, art, passion, drama. The world is a State controlled by one man, in charge of the community one lives in, deciding what would be in the best interest of stability. This world is the World State, as depicted by Aldous Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World. Often compared to George Orwell’s 1984, Brave New World is infinitely scarier, as it is ever so much more accurate to the world in which we find ourselves now. 85 years ago, Huxley seems to have predicted that humans would be so conditioned to dispel negativity, and to stay positive, and work hard, that in the interest of that separate languages, families, love, religion, etc. would all have been disposed of. Old age, bad health, disease, all eradicated. The book follows the disastrous results of Lenina Chambers and Bernard Marx’s travel to a reservation in New Mexico, where they observe “savages” who marry only one person, who give birth naturally, who worship Christian God, along with several other deities. To drive home the point, Huxley created John the Savage, to be brought as a fish out of water back to civilization. John is not at all impressed by the civilized society. It is an amazing juxtaposition between extreme goodliness and the esoteric. Perhaps, 85 years later, Brave New World is a wake up call that our pleasure driven society needs. 268 pages

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