stupidness

Topics: Brave New World, The World State, Truth Pages: 2 (487 words) Published: September 26, 2013
Brave new world is a novel in which people just want to be happy rather than being conscious and aware of their real situation. Brave New World is full of characters who do everything they can to avoid facing the truth about their own situations. The people use drug to feel they are having everything although for real they almost have nothing but the drug. The almost universal use of the drug soma is probably the most pervasive example of such willful self-delusion. Soma takes the reality from the people and take them to a world where they get what they want. Soma clouds the realities of the present and replaces them with happy hallucinations, and is thus a tool for promoting social stability. But even Shakespeare can be used to avoid facing the truth, as John demonstrates by his insistence on viewing Lenina through the lens of Shakespeare’s world, first as a Juliet and later as an “impudent strumpet.” According to Mustapha Mond, the World State prioritizes happiness at the expense of truth by design: he believes that people are better off with happiness than with truth as if people don’t need to know what’s going on around them , they just need to feel that they are happy. It seems clear enough from Mond’s argument that happiness refers to the immediate gratification of every citizen’s desire for food, sex, drugs, nice clothes, and other consumer items. In the novel Mond think it’s much more better to feel wealthy than to really be wealthy. It is less clear what Mond means by truth, or specifically what truths he sees the World State society as covering up. From Mond’s discussion with John, it is possible to identify two main types of truth that the World State seeks to eliminate. First, as Mond’s own past indicates, the World State controls and muffles all efforts by citizens to gain any sort of scientific, or empirical truth. Second, the government attempts to destroy all kinds of “human” truths, such as love, friendship, and personal connection. These two...
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