It cannot be denied that many negative forces are at work in today’s society. Wars in the courts, wars in neighboring lands, gang wars, crazy people breaking into local fast food restaurants and shooting random machine guns, police brutality, overpopulation, starving people, AIDS, cancer, pollution, dwindling resources, Abusive and neglectful families, Many people are drugged, caught up in material priorities, from crack to Valium, from Ritalin to Prozac. We have destructive emotions such as selfishness, fear, misery, envy, depression, jealousy, insecurity, hatred, racism, and anger. It’s depressing to even think about all the negative effects that surround us. Pass the Prozac please. It is easy to overlook the existence of positive elements in our society. We need to know both ends to have something to base our standards on. There has to be a balance. Yin and Yang must exist together. That doesn’t mean the scales can’t tip to one side or the other, and in a world where the scales tip over to the bad, who wouldn’t want to add some weight to the good?
There have been and continue to be visionaries among us. The definition of utopian is “ideal but impractical”. Utopia Brave New World He boasted of the physical comfort and “happiness” provided by genetic manipulation and postnatal conditioning. The inhabitants of this new world were essentially slaves, bound by mental chains, not real chains.
On the subject of happiness, John tells Bernard, “I would rather be unhappy than have the false, false happiness you have here.” It was not the happiness of the new world TRUE happiness since it is conditioned. If someone hypnotized to clack around like a chicken can think of himself as a chicken, so is he. immortality actually a chicken. Similarly, a woman who is regularly abused by her partner and told to be “worthless” and “stupid” will eventually come to believe it, whether it’s true or not. He is often brainwashed into believing that someone who is said to be happy enough to believe he is happy is actually not.
Philosopher of Humanistic Psychology Abraham Maslow created the theory of “self-actualization” based on his research. He found that in order to achieve happiness, we must first meet the “needs” on the lower rungs of the ladder in order to move up the ladder.
Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” in ascending order: 1) Physiological needs (hunger, thirst, shelter, rest) 2) Safety needs (protection from illness, the elements) 3) Love (receiving and giving love, affection, trust, acceptance, family) , friends) 4) Esteem needs (respect, respect for others and self) 5) Cognitive needs (knowledge, understanding, curiosity) 6) Aesthetic needs (art, nature, balance, order) 7) Self-actualization (successful development and personal abilities and abilities).
According to Maslow’s theory, Brave New Earthers have no potential to be happy. They couldn’t get far on the second rung of the ladder. Their love was rejected because of the “terrible dangers of family life”. Cognitive needs are not met. They can be brainwashed but never actually learn anything. The example given was a young boy who could remember from his sleep that he taught the phrase about the Nile river being the longest in Africa. to know Which is the longest river in Africa? They did not have independent thought. In fact, they lacked many of Maslow’s traits of psychologically healthy people: “an objective perception of reality, independence, need for privacy, empathy, resistance to conformity, democratic traits, or a willingness to be creative”.
Today’s society is slowly but surely moving towards being more controlled. Big business and Government are two powerful forces combined, driven by money and power. We still give fingerprints as a form of identity; Will DNA be next? Our expenses are monitored. We have credit and debit cards; Our paper money even includes a metallic strip for tracking. We are constantly watched by cameras on every street corner, highway, park, work, shopping. The whereabouts of animals are tracked by microchips placed in their bodies. Are we next? How about cloning?
“Orgie porgies” like “feelings” and “soma” distract us to distract us from facts like these. We are given Ritalin, Prozac, TV “news”, soap operas, talk shows and the internet to keep independent thinking at bay. Advertising is stuck in our throat. Catchy melodies that remind us how much we need this or that. The power of suggestion is powerful. Mass production requires mass consumption. Inside Brave New World The phrases “Finish is better than mending”, “I like new clothes…”, “The more stitches, the less richness” were embroidered on their heads. Another form of distraction Brave New World were constant groups of foreign people. This is like our city life. In masses, people lose individually, which makes them easier to manage. Churches have known this throughout history.
Inside Brave New WorldHe spoke to Controller John about their nine-year war and that the masses were “ready to even get their appetites under control at that time. Anything for a quiet life.” Are we moving towards a new society? A society that is slowly and systematically reformed to better serve the needs of someone in a position of power? Will we soon be willing to give up our freedoms in exchange for physical security? Brave New World?