"Brave New World" vs. Today's Society

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Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" has several striking similarities to today's society. The World State and today's world utilize comparable methods of promoting consumption and they also experience some of the same problems in society, though different practices are used to prevent or suppress them. There are also other significant differences that inhibit our society into becoming a dystopian society.

In the World State, the government overpowers everything; it is a totalitarian government. All freedom and liberty are lost, but the population does not seem to know what it is missing since one has never known freedom. The government provides for everything -- jobs, food, homes, etc.-- that would keep the population happy and satisfied. People are designated a caste, in which their future is practically written out for them. Everyone is specially conditioned to love their ranking in life and the work that they do. This prevents social unrest, which further reduces the need for freedom.

In this world, hypnopædic training and the power of convention have merged all individuals into one whole: the social body. They have become an interchangeable part in the society, valuable only for the purpose of social stability. Uniqueness and eccentricity are disapproved of, as everyone is supposed to be like everyone else. The hypnopædic quote "When the individual feels, society reels" demonstrates the assault on individuality. Early in the book, the process of mass human production is introduced. The Bokanovsky Process allows for the creation of virtually identical human beings, which are deliberately deprived of their unique, individual natures, thus making them easier to control. Stability lives, but individuality is basically exterminated.

Our society does not completely abolish freedom, although it certainly is not anarchic. Our government does not limit freedom as extremely as the government of the World State. It also does...