Connections Between Society and BNW (Brave New World)?

May 21, 2010

Well, today’s school day was a snow make up day; we missed two school days due to harsh snow days during the winter. However, I was lucky because I went on a trip to the Chinatown in Incheon, Korea. The rest of my friends, who are not going to the trip, which, in fact, was only one, stayed in school and followed regular school schedule. My friend told me that there was a film that he watched about the new book we are reading right now, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Apparently, we were supposed to write a blog post about connections between the film and the book, but since I missed the film due to the trip, I am going to write about connections between the society and the book.

When I first heard about the story of the book, I thought that it was a book written by an unusual author, because the content was extremely surprising. The book Brave New World shows a world where human beings are produced scientifically, in test tubes. When I actually read the first chapter of the book, I was disgusted by the ideas of the author, of creating a world where science dominates over morality. In the world of Brave New World, people forgot about the values of human life; they seem to work for the well being of the society, not for the well being of themselves. What is the point of life if you are going to spend your entire life working for something else’s benefit and not your your own good? Though, at the rate of scientific development in today’s world, Huxley’s ideas did not seem to be too surprising.

With the rapid developments and discoveries in science, as far as what I believe, people are starting to cross the line that violates the moral values we have in today’s world. For example, the debate over the development of cloning technology, is an issue in today’s world. Cloning technology involves giving birth to babies artificially, through scientific technology. This violates the religious and moral beliefs that people in today’s world firmly believe in. Although it may be a momentous development in the area of science and that it may be extraordinarily useful in curing illness of millions of people over the world, what is right and what is wrong must clearly be distinguished. In this essence, I believe Huxley is not really off track, but the creation of such society, to me, seems to be a complete nonsense.

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