Ignorance is bliss. Often people hide behind what they wish to believe. The truth demands discomfort and people prefer comfort to truth.(Compound) In this world of conditioning, the Controllers keep any kind of truth from the people. Regardless, very few actually attempt to discover the truth. In the novel, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley provides several examples of the truths individuals refuse in order to live in ignorance and bliss. Society thrives on its stability.(BS) The Controllers revoke any option of truth because it creates discomfort and discomfort encourage unhappiness. Huxley writes Mustapha Mond as the perfect example of the control of truth to ensure happiness. Mond explains how stability plays a major part in the pursuit of happiness. For the government to remain stable, two …show more content…
Unfortunately, that often leads to unrest and angst. These unknowns affect people in negative ways, making them unhappy. Unhappy people make for uncontrollable minds. "It isn 't only art that 's incompatible with happiness; it 's also science. Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled" (Huxley 231). Mond explains, in this quote, how science cannot remain the sole factor in achieving happiness. Throughout the story, the Controllers condition the people to view science as the greatest good, but new discoveries often lack what makes an individual happy. Process often infringes on what people as a whole consider as happy. They feel contentment but individuality and passion push brilliant individuals to discover more scientifically. Beauty lies in truth. From art to science, the world craves depth and substance. The shallow happiness the New World Society shares fall short of actual depth. Mustapha Mond supplies John with many logical reasons to hide art, scientific progress, and genuine
But the Council of Scholars has said that there are no mysteries, and the Council of Scholars knows all things” (Rand 23). Even though this particular individual has surpassed the knowledge within the others near his age group, he has been forced to relinquish the idea of the outer world by the scholars, possibly in attempt to mask the upsetting truth about the surrounding world. One can inform many things about the protected identities and many mysteries lying within the societies; however the governmental control contributes to the issues lying within the minds of the society's
“ But our way is simpler and, we think, better. All we want to do is keep the knowledge we think we will need, intact and safe. We're not out to incite or anger anyone yet. For if we are destroyed, the knowledge is dead, perhaps for good.” (Bradbury 145)
Aldous Huxley’s text, Brave New World, will leave you questioning your perspective on life and it’s choices. Within the novel, curious readers can see that government control over all in an attempt to create a utopia, can sometimes have a counter effect, creating a dystopia. Wielding it’s tool of conformity, The World State has forced its ideology into the minds of its people at a young age, in hopes of avoiding rebellion. In many ways this is how our society functions in the real world. The genre of Huxley's text may be fiction, but the society fabricated in Brave New World may not be so fictional after all.
In the conversation between Mustapha Mond and John, it is explained that different concepts become neglected by the World State to sustain its social stability. The World Controller indicates the removal of poetry and literature that Shakespeare created for the purpose of preventing people from feeling emotions that disrupt society. However, John expresses “ the right to be unhappy,” indicating that an extreme amount of control and restraint depletes any attempt to think individually. The author indicates as well, that a book on biology is rejected by Mond as he deems it could potentially cause social instability. This restriction of knowledge that Mustapha Mond converses about entices the idea that limitation is fallacious for the reason that there will never be new reforms nor ideas.
Ignorance is Bliss Throughout the world, many young, ego-oriented teens decide to stray from secure paths to discover themselves or to conquer the unbelievable. Like many teens, Christopher Johnson McCandless decides to adventure around the country before arriving to Alaska, where his adventure tragically ends by his death. In Jon Krakauer’s biography, Into the Wild, Chris, the protagonist, embarks on a two year journey around the West Coast of America after his college graduation. Krakauer portrays Chris as a crazy, ignorant young adult to demonstrate his resistance to conform with society by risking his life.
The idea that life is all sunshine and flowers is quickly diminished by the true horrors that await us in our lifetime. Ignorance is the key to maintaining a carefree lifestyle; once the exposure begins there is no denying what goes on right under your nose. Myop’s life up until this point has been an endless summer filled with flower picking while a song plays in her head. Her summer ends abruptly when she makes and unsightly discovery in the woods behind the house. Her discovery essentially ends her summer and her ignorance of what the world really has to offer her.
In Aldous Huxley’s dystopia of Brave New World, he clarifies how the government and advances in technology can easily control a society. The World State is a prime example of how societal advancements can be misused for the sake of control and pacification of individuals. Control is a main theme in Brave New World since it capitalizes on the idea of falsified happiness. Mollification strengthens Huxley’s satirical views on the needs for social order and stability. In the first line of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, we are taught the three pillars on which the novels world is allegedly built upon, “Community, Identity, Stability" (Huxley 7).
Ignorance is sparked by the absence of knowledge and the fear of change. Facts dismissed out of ignorance still remain true and will continue to affect one out of lacking awareness. If left untreated, ignorance can gain the potential to become the catalyst of self-annihilation. The ignorance displayed by characters in The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley has led to personal struggles that can be remedied through an open mind.
Huxley’s creation of ‘Soma’ and the way it is used in the world state establishes the satirical values accentuated throughout the faulty utopian setting of the ‘Brave New World’. Many characters, in particular Linda and Lenina, are seen to be under the influence of ‘soma’, to replace the distress they experience with pleasure stimulated by the drug-like substance. Chapter seventeen illustrates the power of ‘soma’ on the society through Mustapha Mond’s statement about soma being “Christianity without the tears.” Due to its sedative and calming effects on the users, it is the most powerful tool for the political leaders to control the large population of individuals, by distracting them from the realization of the immoral nature of the society they reside in; hence they are enslaved in a trance of false happiness. The metaphoric use of Christianity replaced by ‘Soma’ indicates the author’s view of the religion offering the same effects of the drug; provide comfort at the expense of individuality.
With community and identity, stability is supposed to be achieved, but the novel makes you question if stability is an actual thing that can happen in society. In Brave New World, many things are done to ensure stability, three of them being the tyranny of happiness, drugging the population, and the mass production of children. With these three factors, it is eerie how close Aldous Huxley came to predicting the impact of these in the future of society. First of all, the world state is obsessed with making people “happy”. They want everyone in society to be happy to ensure social stability.
“Self absorbed people only think about what makes them feel good at the moment – they don’t have any respect or regard for anyone else.” This quote shows the type of person you can become if you live for only happiness and pleasure. Living for only happiness and pleasure is putting yourself before others and not living life to the fullest. Happiness and pleasure are things most people want to feel, but it shouldn’t be the only thing they live for, because it leads to being selfish.
Truth and happiness are two things people desire, and in the novel, an impressive view of this dystopia’s two issues is described. In this society, people are created through cloning. The “World State” controls every aspect of the citizens lives to eliminate unhappiness. Happiness and truth are contradictory and incompatible, and this is another theme that is discussed in “Brave New World” (Huxley 131). In the world regulated by the government, its citizens have lost their freedom; instead, they are presented with pleasure and happiness in exchange.
According to the article “Ignorance isn’t Bliss”, public misperceptions might negatively influence public opinions and probably cause political problems. As far as I am concerned, public misperception will be an issue for Americans. The trust of government of the United Sates will be lost by its citizens. The article provides many examples about that the office dates government give are totally different from the actual number. If government usually make the same error, citizens may suspect whether the government can be trusted or not.
Introduction. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803- 1882) an American lecturer, philosopher, lecturer, essayist and poet quotes “envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide” (Daniel, 2018) and Martin Luther King (1929-1968) an American activist, spokesperson, leader of civil rights movement 1954-1968 and Baptist Minister quotes “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” (INSIGHT ASSESSMENT, 2018). In hindsight, many people including myself have to or have had to consistently challenge the conflict of ignorance that comes about into their life through avenues of envy, hatred, cultural moral practice and perceptions, lack of knowledge, lack of individualism and negative influences within society. This
I have always been fascinated by the fact that most of the knowledge present in our society today was not deemed as ‘known knowledge’ a decade ago or even just a few months ago. Humans have one thing in common: we seek knowledge. We never seem to be satisfied with the amount of knowledge we possess. We crave to know more about our solar system, our planet, our environment and even our friends. I came to realize, with much certainty that this constant expansion of knowledge in our society today has a lot to do with doubt.