Reading the novel Brave New World by Aldus Huxley was… an experience. I didn’t know how to feel about it when I first started reading it, but by the end, I was grateful to have read this strange, confusing, and eye-opening novel. After finishing the last chapter, I reflected on the novel, and I became sad; I realized how similar this Brave New World is to our current world. You wouldn’t think our world has anything in common with this Brave New World, but unfortunately it does.
Keeping up with the latest trends is a huge part of our society. If you don’t have the coolest clothes, newest iPhone and know all the latest slang; it’s hard to be popular or connect with your peers. This was also something I noticed in Brave New World, how the scientists were so eager to mass produce children and move on from the “traditional” ways of reproducing. When I read how they “reproduce”, I was in shock and immediately thought of my opinion; it is unethical. They probably didn’t think of or care about how ethical it was, they were just so excited to use the new, “shiny” technology. Similarly, to how on our social media there are trends that are either unkind or even dangerous.
You would think that in a Brave New World, everyone would be treated equally, there would be gender equality, and equal opportunity for all. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Just like our society, they have social classes/castes. Women were talked about as if they were a prize, and even though the lower casts (Epsilons) were trained to enjoy their jobs such as a garbage man or toilet cleaner, they are still treated as less. I even connected it to how we’ve become almost immune to the fact that there are still people with no food, clean water, and no roof over their heads. It was eye opening and an unfortunate reminder of so.
Lastly, due to the fact that they were all twins and thought to think a certain way, there was no individuality. For example, Bernard, he was different, he was shorter and less attractive than other Alphas. He was made fun of for it too; people even made jokes about how he was poisoned with alcohol as a fetus. Following that passage, I made a connection to our society; due to social media, tv shows and movies, we are taught to act, dress and think a certain way, which also creates no individuality. If we are less attractive, too smart, or slightly overweight, we also get made fun of.
I was saddened by all the similarities our world had to the Brave New World. Of course, we haven’t started mass producing children in factories, who all act and look the same, but we don’t have to; social media is doing that for us. It was shocking to reflect on the similarities but I’m glad I’ve read this novel. It gave me a chance to reflect on what part I play in our society and how I want to change it, for the better.