Happiness And Happiness In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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Truth lies within the trite phrase that ignorance is bliss. When one is unaware of a bad circumstance, she cannot fixate on the event and let it get in her way. Yet, this human longing for bliss and perfection has caused society to increase its unconsciousness in a way that is so artificial that the shortcomings of modern society were able to be accurately predicted by an intelligent man, Aldous Huxley, in 1932. While the society he described strived for bliss, it descended into ignorance, and, in contradistinction to Aristotle's Theory of Identity, only shallow happiness was ultimately found. Although Huxley's Brave New World depicts a veneer of happiness, the busy and detached lifestyles of its citizens are revealed to be inconsequential. The citizens of the Brave New World never have a dull moment, whether they are engaged in Obstacle- Golf, centrifugal bumble puppy, or sight seeing with a date, their minds and bodies are always occupied. The Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning warns of “the folly of allowing…show more content…
Those men claim that the past world was an awful place; “their world didn’t allow them to take things easily, didn’t allow them to be sane, virtuous, happy. What with mothers and lovers, ...-they were forced to feel strongly. And feeling strongly (and strongly, what was more, in solitude, in hopelessly individual isolation), how could they be stable?”(30) Yes, how could a society in which people have free will and the right to not have things be taken away from them, and time away from the noise of constant brainwashing be stable? The only path to happiness in the Brave New World is conditioning, “that is the secret of happiness and virtue-liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social
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