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In Aldous Huxleys Brave New World it is suggested that the price of universal happiness will be the sacrifice of the most sacred aphorisms of our culture motherhood home family freedom and even love He indicates that happiness derives from consuming mass-produced goods sport promiscuous sex the feelies and a supposedly perfect pleasure-drug soma His Brave New World is essentially a benevolent oligarchy under the direction of ten world controllers their spokesman is Mustapha Mond Resident Controller of Western Europe He governs a society where all aspects of an individuals life from conception and conveyor-belt reproduction onwards are determined by the state The individuality of Brave New Worlds two billion inhabitants is suppressed A government bureau the Predestinators decides a prospective citizens role in the hierarchy Children are raised and conditioned by the state bureaucracy not brought up by natural families Value has been stripped away from the person as an individual human being respect belongs only to society as a whole Citizens must not fall in love marry or have their own kids Society has no historical influence It is interesting that in this utopia knowledge of the past is banned to prevent envious comparisons One would think that history lessons would be encouraged instead That way the people could uncover for themselves the horror that once was What is so frightening is that I think that this is where our society is heading and even scarier is the fact that I dont think we can help it Brave New World wasnt written intending to evoke just how wonderful our lives could be if the human genome were rewritten in fact it was nearly the opposite Huxley was presenting to us a world which in his time was on the frontiers of science He was issuing a deeply pessimistic warning against all forms of genetic engineering and eugenics His view is to play it safe because nature knows best It is in todays world
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