Over-Organization In Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

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Today, it is common to see people glued to their phone or engrossed in their work. This fixation with distractions is largely due to over-organization. Over-organization is defined as being too preoccupied to take leisure time to think or complain. This is shown in Aldous Huxley’s technological satire Brave New World with the quote, “Seven and a half hours of mild, unexhausting labor and then soma rations and games and unrestricted copulation and the feelies. What more can they ask for?” (Huxley 224). Huxley’s depiction of a civilization full of distractions is a clear example of over-organization, illustrating the many leisure activities that preoccupy society. Since Huxley’s time, the evolving topic of over-organization has sparked controversy in offices, homes, and classrooms today. In recent years, our culture has busied itself with work, technology, and parenting. Parents today have micromanaged their children’s time more than ever, a parenting style known as helicopter parenting. In youth sports alone, participation has grown astronomically (Haidt and Skenazy). Extracurricular activities are on the rise due to this trend of parents enrolling their children in more and more activities, causing a decrease in leisure time. Parental involvement even goes beyond extracurricular activities, extending into classrooms and the workplace. Parents are sitting in on their adult children’s job interviews and writing their resumes (Russell). Not only are parents

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