Analysis Of Paul Roberts And Aldous Huxley's Instant Gratification

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Today’s society is one of instants: Instant downloads, instant messaging, instant shipping, instant oatmeal, instant movies, instant gratification. For many, the idea of having the world on a whim is a thrilling human achievement. For others, such as Paul Roberts and Aldous Huxley, this instant gratification is their nightmare. In Robert’s case, he theorizes that humans are designed to work hard and to struggle. By taking away any sort of effort and hardship, humans are being numbed, dumbed down and destructive. Huxley, in his novel Brave New World, sets up an entire society that relying on mass production, mass consumption, and instant gratification. This immediacy and efficiencies creates a world of mindless drone humans skating through life in a numb happy state. Both Roberts and Huxley conclude that instant gratification through mass consumption, social interactions, and pain numbing services are detrimental to society; however Huxley’s feared world is fictional, while Roberts is a horrifying reality. In an essay entitled Instant Gratification, Paul Roberts, on the same topic as his novel, discusses society as it stands on an economy that is designed to satisfy “our immediate, self-serving needs”( Roberts). In the essay, Roberts touches on several aspects of societies growing obsession with new, fast, instantly gratifying products and behaviors. Some of the obvious examples include, instant messaging, online shopping, and plastic surgery. However, the author takes his

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