Is it a ‘Brave New World’?

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3/5 Very similar to Orwell’s style in being a prophetic view of the future. It is about an imagined world if we were to be determined by our animal desires addressing the flaws of ideology. The premise is that each and every child of the society is through IVF and conditioned to be a part of each social group.

As a philosophical novel this is great, Huxley paints a wonderfully doomed picture of mankind, as everyone has to conform. It is about the free minds in a fixed society, and does make you question your own surroundings.

Huxley however, is obviously a philosopher, and his writing can tend to be a little shallow. The most important thing about his style is that it does serve his purpose and explain his point, retaining the book’s meaning and prowess. A good book if you fancy a good ponder and a discussion afterwards, but not really for a bit of light entertainment.

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7 thoughts on “Is it a ‘Brave New World’?

  1. I posted the following on Dec. 17, 2012:

    I believe it was Neil Postman who wrote:

    “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture…”

    Orwell thought pain controlled us. Huxley thought pleasure controlled us.

    In retrospect, it seems to me they were both right.

  2. Although many modern societies allow free spirits, and although the trend is positive i.e. there are more such societies than just 40 years ago, really free minds are rare.

    Most people have to work day and night and adopt to the company policies, the neighbourhood’s religious and moral policies and even scientific ‘truths’. Truly free spirits are very, very rare, i.e. people who have power of their time (economically independent), do not need or want to lick alpha males to protect a powerful position or image, do not have to adjust to society’s expectations about religion & science and possess great intellectual minds to be able to thoroughly contemplate what the rest of us see in the corner of the eye while trying to raise kids and/or make a few bucks.

    The American president had to apply for a job like the rest of us, humiliating himself by pretending he likes sports, many self-made millionaires lack intellectual minds and the gutter sweeper has no use for his intelligence, none of them are free in my eyes. A small group of authors, artists and scientists are free, and they are tremendously important to society. Some examples: Konrad Lorenz, Charles Darwin, Steve Jobs, Gautama Buddha, Erasmus, Marie Curie, Voltaire, Salvador Dali….all were terribly criticized and ridiculed by colleagues and society, yet they were responsible for paradigm shifts because they were truly free.

    We welcome more Renaissance men and women!

    Ketsanee

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