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Brave New World 1932 is one of the most insidious works of literature ever written An exaggeration Tragically no Brave New World has come to serve as the false symbol for any regime of universal happiness For sure Huxley was writing a satirical piece of fiction not scientific prophecy Hence to treat his writing as ill-conceived futurology rather than a work of great literature might seem to miss the point Yet the knee-jerk response of Its Brave New World to any blueprint for chemically-driven happiness has delayed research into paradise-engineering for all sentient life So how does Huxley turn a future where were all notionally happy into the archetypal dystopia If its technically feasible whats wrong with using biotechnology to get rid of mental pain altogether Brave New World is an unsettling loveless and even sinister place This is because Huxley deliberately endows his ideal society with features likely to alienate his audience Typically reading BNW elicits the very same disturbing feelings in the reader which the society it depicts has notionally vanquished - not a sense of joyful anticipation Thus BNW doesnt and isnt intended by its author to evoke just how wonderful our lives could be if the human genome were rewritten Lets say our DNA will be spliced and edited so we can all enjoy life-long bliss awesome peak experiences and a spectrum of outrageously good designer-drugs Nor does Huxleys comparatively sympathetic account of the life of the Savage on the Reservation convey just how nasty the old regime of pain disease and unhappiness can be If you think it does then you enjoy an enviably sheltered life and an enviably cosy imagination For its all sugar-coated pseudo-realism In Brave New World Huxley
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