Brave new world personal response-Isaac Salvador-brown
In Aldous Huxley’s book “Brave new world” Aldous makes comparisons to our world in his book. The connections go from artificial happiness (in their world, its called”soma”), to having class systems like in different parts of our world, or education in young. In this mini essay, I will be showing you the comparisons that the book and our world have that we don’t notice when we read the book.
The first comparison is with the drug “soma”( Soma is an artificial happiness drug that they take in the book brave new world when they are feeling sad, depressed, or when they need to calm down). Soma is like a knockout dream drug and the police use it when they have to arrest someone because it puts them asleep and they become easy to deal with. How soma is a comparison to our world is with the different things that we do or use to temporarily or artificially fuel our happiness. Some of those things that we use are our cellphones(social media and social activeness), consumer products or consuming, food, sugar, drugs, alcohol, and sex or quick relationships. With our cellphones, we get short term dopamine rush that fills our body with a short term feeling of satisfaction or happiness and acceptance. We get this with social media with different apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tictoc. With all of these apps, we get short term rushes of happiness when someone likes, comments, shares, follows, or, tags you in something. This is the same feeling as soma as soma provides a short term effect of happiness that temporarily discloses the individual form the world of problems. The same goes for consuming, consumer products, food, sugar, drugs, and sex. All of these things give the same feeling as our cellphones. Quick rushes of satisfaction that we can excuse ourself from the world.
“Don’t you want to be free and men? Don’t you even understand what manhood and freedom are?”
Rage was making him fluent; the words came easily, in a rush.
He repeated, but got no answer to his question.
“very well, then,”
He went on grimly.
“I’ll teach you; I’ll make you free whether you want to or not.”
And pushing open a window that looked on to the inner court of the hospital, he began to throw the little pill boxes of soma tablets in handfuls out into the area.
For a moment the Khaki mob was silent, petrified, at the spectacle of this wanton sacrilege, with amazement and horror.
In this quote, the savage is throwing out the soma drug and is telling everyone that uses it that they are free. This is like us now with the wifi. When the wifi goes off or when you loose service, you get so frustrated and you feel like you need it. We are addicted to out phones(wifi)like they are addicted to soma. If they get soma taken away, they don’t know what to do and they panic. When our wifi cuts out or it lags, we don’t know what to do and are sent into a mode of panic. That is why soma and our technology are similar.
Another comparison in the book is that they have class systems like we do in our world. In brave new world, they program and breed different types of people. People who will go to space, people who will deal with certain chemicals, and eat… Now, people might think that we don’t have that in our world, but, it is actually very common. People tend to do something that is similar to what the people before them did. Say in Asia, if you have a bottom class job, your kids will probably be doing something similar. If you own a business, your kids will probably go into that business as well. This is not exactly the same as in brave new world but it is very similar. Also, your child will be more likely to be going into the same trait as you if they had grown up with you. If you dad or mom is a mathematician, then you will probably be very skilled in math(if they help you), if your mom or dad is a engineer, you will probably know more than the regular person about that topic.
“I’d like to show you some very interesting conditioning for Alpha-Plus intellectuals. We have a big batch of them on rack 5.” 
In Brave New World, they favour the certain types of people and whatever you are born into, you stay in. This is like some places in the world, if you are born into a certain class, you stay in that class, your kids will be in that class, and so will their kids.
“We also predestined and condition. We decant our babies as socialized human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers or future…'”
He was going to say future world controllers, but correcting himself, said
“future directors of Hatcheries” 
This quote is showing how they predestined and choose who will be who and how many of who will be doing who. Our world doesn’t choose what brave new world chooses. If you are in brave new world, your life is planned even before you are born. Here, you can choose from different options(not In all cases but most).
Another major comparison is how they teach the kids. In brave new world, the kids are being brainwashed into certain information, and, so are we. With the upcoming generation of kids being exposed to technology at such young ages, we automatically get brainwashed and tricked into thunking certain ways about certain things. With our phones, computers, t.v’s, whenever we see an add, our mind gets tricked into believing it and that leaves us no better than the people in brave new world that brain wash the babies with information before they are born.
“They’ll grow up with what the psychologists used to call an ‘instinctive’ hatred of books and flowers. Reflexes unalterably conditioned. They’ll be safe from books and botany all their lives.”
The Director turned to his nurses.
“Take them away again.”
The quote shows that they just keep giving them information before they even know what it is. The babies have to memorize lines before they can talk. They do this so when the baby gets older, it will know what it was taught and will make decisions and actions based on that.
One of the comparisons in the book that is not as obvious or might be an opinion is how sex in the book is like our technology now. In the book, it is normal to have sex with anyone for just the feeling and appeal of it. In our world, some people could say that that is similar to our technology because as I was saying before, our cellphones provide us with short term dopamine rushes and to us, in whatever way that that rush is given, we like. In the book, the people don’t care who it’s with they just do it for the feeling. Here, we don’t just have one source of dopamine rushes, we use whatever will make us feel good. Whether thats texting, going onto social media, watching movies, youtube, ect…, we do the same as them. We just try to satisfy our wants or needs and it doesn’t come from one source.
“Going to the Feelies this evening, Henry?”
enquired the Assistant Predestinator.
“I hear the new one at the Alhambra is first-rate. There’s a love scene on a bearskin rug; they say it’s marvellous. Every hair of the bear reproduced. The most amazing tactual effects.”
The quote shows that people in brave new world just have sex for the pleasure. This is the same with us with our phones, we go on them just for the pleasure of that short dopamine rush. In the quote, when the assistant Predestinator asks Henry if he is going out, he means for sex.
“Going to the feelies this earning, Henry?”
The feelies are basically movies that simulate the sexual experience. People go there and experience the sex that is on screen. This dehumanize the act of sex. Having to compare sex to technology is a very abstract idea but it is a comparison all the same and I think the reason that it seems so crazy is because people don’t like to think that we could be so similar to something as crazy as the brave new world.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Brave New World and I think that it was my favourite in school book that I have read so far. At the start of the book, I was so amazed on what the world was like and I could have never seen it as being like the world I live in now, but, after I read more and more of the book, I started to make connections to our world. Like how sugar and soma could be seen as the same thing, or how brainwashing babies and using our phones were so similar. In the book, our world, and the brave new world are so similar and it was very awakening and opening for me to be able to make those connections. After reading the book, I find now that it is easier to make connections to other problems or ideas in the world and I am very thankful for this.