Government Involvement In Individual Rights

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Government involvement in individual rights is a heavily argued topic in current society. While some people insist more regulations are necessary to keep society stable, others argue individual rights should not be decided by the government even though the purpose is to ensure the stability of a society. Individuals do not consider the information that is manipulated and the ability of the media to shape the audience’s viewpoint. Everything anyone watches on television is produced to convince people of something without them being aware. Consider the social class system, it is an arbitrary system that people in higher classes ensure the stability of to feel more important and in control. However, a majority of the populace works hard every…show more content…
His “hopes for men rested on the advance of self-knowledge: he feared that humanity would destroy itself by overpopulation or by violence; from this only greater self-understanding would save them” (Berlin 254). Huxley argues that the needs of each individual and their interests must be balanced with the overall stability of a country. This was probably because when Huxley published Brave New World in 1932, it was just after the crash of the stock market that occurred in 1929. This was a time when many people were heavily questioning the government due to the loss of their money and livelihoods. Many people lost everything when the stock market crashed, which was a stark contrast to Huxley’s universe where everyone was happy and well provided for by their rulers. This was also around the time Henry Ford invented the modern assembly line and “deliberately kept the price of [the] Model T low enough so that his workers could afford them” (Napierowski 62). In a time where most Americans were struggling, instead of looking out for himself by making cars expensive in order to make a large profit, Ford provided for the people and kept his prices low. Huxley looked up to him for thinking of the needs of others, and Ford became a God-like character in his novel. Even though Huxley thought the needs of each individual were extremely important, he does concede that some consideration…show more content…
This is where he discovers John and Linda. Linda once lived in the new world but was ex-communicated due to failed birth control which resulted in her pregnancy. She rejects all the ideals of the people in the reservation and tell her story of when other “women came and made a scene because their men came to see [her]” (A. Huxley 122), which is acceptable in the new world, but not in the old. She constantly longed of the amenities the new world provided for its citizens and was miserable in the reservation due to her conditioning as a child. She was resentful of being a mother and blamed John for her pain and suffering. However, John was perfectly contented with the ways of the people in the reservation. He longed to be more like them but was not accepted due to his pale skin and hair, a trait of the new world. After learning more about the behaviors of the reservation inhabitants, Bernard decides he wishes to bring back John the savage and, when John asks about bringing Linda as well, Bernard concludes that “her revoltingness might prove an enormous asset” (A. Huxley 138). Bernard wishes to shock his current society by providing proof of what occurs in the reservation. He is intrigued by the idea of what will happen when people learn of things that go against their conditioning and how they will react to an outsider with completely

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