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Religion in the Brave New World At the turn of the century great minds like Carl Marx and Sigmund Freud were regarding religion as an unnecessary nuisance to humanity Marx called it the opiate of the masses and Freud the neurosis of mankind They were making the view that religion is not of divine nature but a conception of the human mind a very popular and acceptable belief They believed that a religion should reflect the needs of the people and even the culture itself Aldus Huxley subscribed to these views of religion but nonetheless realized that it is a part of human nature He saw it as something that cant just be thrown away altogether but can be changed and manipulated to suit the cultures needs This comes through strongly in Brave New World He anticipates how the people in this world would no longer need to celebrate religion the way we do today but would still practice rituals of their own right He portrays contemporary religion as largely superstitious and believes that future civilizations will regard it as being savage Nonetheless their religion may be different but its in no way better It takes its shape from the culture in which it was conceived and reflects how ridiculously childish this culture really is They may have a negative opinion of our religions but so do we of theirs Keeping this in mind we find that their religion contributes to the novels dystopian vision but this is only because we have been conditioned in such a way that we find it quite immature and simpleminded compared to our own We could turn this on its head and say that the savages religion which represents our own contributes to the Brave New Worlds view that the savages society is dystopian Through the world of the savage at the reservation we can see what the people of the Brave New World think of our religion
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