An essay concerning Aldous Huxley's future dystopia and its resemblance to modern society
Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World out of fear of society's
apparent lack of morals and corrupt behaviour during the roaring twenties.
Huxley believed that the future was doomed to a non-individualistic,
conformist society, a society void of the family unit, religion and human
emotions. Throughout the novel, Huxley predicts many events for the future,
most of which concentrate on a morally corrupt society. The most important
of these predictions include: greater sexual freedom, over-population,
brain-washing/sleep-teaching, and the use of mind altering drugs. Aldous
Huxley's Brave New World warns of a possible future dystopia, based on
social attitudes and medical advancements of his time.
Huxley's future dystopia is created largely by perverted sexual
freedoms, which in turn cause corrupt individuals, entirely lacking ethics
and morals. Sexual promiscuity appears to be a much more frequent activity
now then it was in the Thirties.
Critics blame '...the advent of the pill
for declining morality and indiscriminate sexual activity.' Many believe
that each time medicine reduces the risk of unwanted diseases and
pregnancies, society, on the whole, will increase its sexual activity.
Huxley's prediction of promiscuity is based on his iron law of sexuality:
'As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends
compensatingly to increase.' A current example of Huxley's belief is China.
China is the last remaining communist regime, it also suffers from having
one fifth of the world's population within its borders. Needless to say,
China's large population is a direct result of a very sexually active
society. Aldous Huxley's fears of the future caused him to write about
sexual freedom and the resulting over-population in Brave New World.
Over-population is another problem which is addressed by Huxley,
and is the direct result of sexual freedom. The...