A Brave New World: How to Save Humanity - The New or Old World?

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What would you be willing to pay for me to remove all your worries, sadness, and depression and replace it with unlimited contentment? Ah, I can just see your eyes begin to sparkle. Would you pay me a thousand, ten thousand, one hundred thousand dollars? How about your soul? It is a small price to pay for never-ending happiness. You accept? Great, welcome to "a brave new world" where you will be conditioned to accept all things happily and become a fully conforming member of the "Community." Your life is now in our hands; we hope that you live in utter bliss. Oh, you're a little worried now? That is fine; we will take care of that for you shortly. Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is a civilization that has departed from an evolving world of human conflict and emotion to an unchanging world of peace and stability at a severe cost.

The unveiling of the dystopia that is Huxley's creation will be found in evaluating the importance of peace and stability in this new civilization, the methods of controlling the society and its citizens, and comparing it to an analysis of the old world and of the damage done to humanity in such a world.

The World State is a society driven by the need to meet its goals of: "Community, Identity, [and] Stability." The peace is kept by adhering to these principles to the utmost degree. Mustapha Mond, a world controller, states that "wheels must turn steadily, but cannot turn unattended. There must be men to attend them ...sane men, obedient men, stable in contentment" (Huxley 42). Upon close inspection of the statement, all three values are expressed. Identity is to know thyself and thy position in life and accept it; obedient men will naturally form a...