brave new world essay



Jason Schabes
Brave New World Essay


TRUE STABILITY?
THE COMPARISON OF TODAY’s WORLD AND HUXLEY’s WORLD

Huxley’s Brave New World is definitely new and is something that is difficult for a person living in a 90’s world to imagine for it is so very diverse compared to our society and customs today. The odd world and lifestyle that was prophesied by Aldous Huxley in the first half of the 20th century has much of the same basis of customs but they are just performed different ritually in these people’s everyday routines. If anyone from our time and our world were ever to spend any given amount of time in Huxley’s world then they would be confused, shunned by society and looked at almost as a savage like John for having such different and "primitive" ways. This of course would happen to anyone from Huxley’s world that infiltrated our world that we know. It’s all in one’s opinion whether or not Huxley’s adjustments for a stable environment are just are not but what can be done is to show a comparison between a world subjected to Huxley’s ideas from Brave New World and our reality today.
One comparison that can be made and also the most obvious is how people are brought into the world. In Huxley’s world there is a complicated hatching process where embryos are monitored and adjusted. This occurs in the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Center. There are many, many aspects to this process and many different methods used to bring life into the world then what we are accustomed to. Here embryos are kept in jars and processed in several ways and conditioned in such a way that everything about the person can be determined and altered. Once these children are born they are put through several events from day one which help to suit them for the rest of their lives. For example, a type of treatment would occur to a certain group of children with a certain determined destiny and so that they enjoy their occupations and niche in their world no matter what that role may be. The people who work to keep this world stable would not want a child predestined to become a construction worker to ever find curiosity in books and learning; that child would be conditioned to stay away from books and learning by means of bad association with those certain things. The child may be given a book and then shocked so they can affiliate bad memories with studying. All persons produced by the center are subjected to many other types of conditioning processes to fit them perfectly to perform their job in the world such as hypnopaedia which is sleep-teaching. In today’s reality two people mate and the woman conceives the child through birth. There is no other method of creating a human being. In our world pregnancy is considered natural and beautiful. Children are brought up very individually and in different ways, usually by families and taught the basics of growing up. Children are educated in school learning all subjects including history which is another aspect of life that is shunned by Huxley’s society. The mating part in the ritual of creating life is what brings us to our next comparison, sex.
In Huxley’s society sex is had hastily and through promiscuity, with many partners. Love is something that is not even imagined in their world. But in reality sex is something precious and is not had without thought and without knowing the person well, actually, this is in most scenarios but it is sad to say that promiscuity does exist to some extent in our world. Love is a very serious thing in reality, even more precious than sex and love does occur often. Both worlds use contreceptives which is wise to prevent disease transmissions and unwanted births but in Huxley’s world the sole reason for protection during sex is to not impregnate the woman and have society look down upon you. Contraceptives are used more in Huxley’s world than in ours because there no wants to have children so protection is always used, most likely nearing 100% of the time but in our times, some have sexual intercourse hastily and don’t stop to think to use safety precautions and