Complicated notions of people and politics become apparent through the representations of divergent viewpoints. Aldous Huxley’s 1932 science-fiction novel, ‘Brave New World’, and Pablo Picasso’s 1951 expressionist painting, ‘Massacre in Korea’ showcase differing political perspectives through composers addressing issues about the future wellbeing of the human race through the interpretations of the current world events in the 20th century. Huxley criticizes the social planning evident in communism, Freud, eugenics and the development of technology, while Picasso shows his disapproval of the America’s involvement in the Korean War. These events allow the composers to be obligated to display their concerns about possible outcomes that lead the
Addiction is a large problem in today’s world much like it is in Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World. Though both societies have addiction in them, it is encouraged and accepted in the novel whereas in today’s world it is strongly discouraged and not accepted. Soma, the narcotic in Brave New World, is consumed by all characters when times in their lives get tough. Soma is also a death conditioning device, provided by the leaders of the “utopian” town, the drug causes everyone to die before they become old.
The human is described as a social being, like all mammals and birds. In the sense that it interacted permanently with members of his sex to form complex social relations, resulting in a hierarchy or social structure, leading to the overall form of the system known as the community. This social interaction is not only important to the formation of society, it is also a necessary human need to maintain mental and physical health. The decrease of social interaction, through social isolation or loneliness, leads to negative physical and psychological health consequences, Early. This fact has recently been confirmed by the results of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, conducted by scientists at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at the University College London.
"In the end John was forced to give in. Linda got her soma. Thenceforward she remained in her little room on the thirty-seventh floor of Bernard 's apartment house, in bed, with the radio and television always on, and the patchouli tap just dripping, and the soma tablets within reach of her hand - there she remained; and yet wasn 't there at all, was all the time away, infinitely far away, on holiday;....... only much more so, incomparably more, and without end" (Huxley 155) “More than twenty three million people over the age of twelve are addicted to alcohol and other drugs, affecting millions more people….. spouses, children, family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues at work”(NCADD). Alcohol and drug dependence plays a huge role on
Human nature leads to emotion and insecurity. When real passion becomes too great for some to bear, they turn to unreal substances to acquire fake sentiments. Aldous Huxley is the author of Brave New World and he perfectly displays that people use drugs, alcohol and other substances to replace real emotion; he also describes that the media can warp the way the public views these pharmaceuticals. When individuals experience great emotional pain, they will sometimes use certain substances to drown out those negative feelings. In Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, a common “drug” that they refer to as soma.
There is a new groovy movement Hunter S. Thompson could get behind. Well, sort of. EmmaSofia, a nonprofit organization located in Oslo, Norway is pushing for legal psychedelics. This could make tripping a less paranoid experience. The company has targeted the drug policies of the 1970s.
MDMA also known as Ecstasy, is a synthetic, psychoactive hallucinogen. It creates feelings of increased energy, euphoria, and distortions in sensory and time perception. MDMA was initially popular amongst young adults, but now affects a wider span of users ranging from underaged children to older adults. MDMA is taken orally, usually as a capsule or tablet.
Is Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World still a relevant text in today's modern society or is it no longer relevant in today's modern society? Yes, Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World is most definitely still relevant in today's modern society. Even though Brave New World’s society is pretty much different from our society today, there is still some things that are still relevant today that are in the book. One thing that Brave New World is relevant in our modern society today is the drugs and alcohol. In Brave New World, the soma is what the people use for a drug.
One motif I found interesting throughout the novel was the replacement of truth, and true human experience, with “happiness” and government created cultures. Examples that illustrate this idea from the text Soma is one of the biggest examples of this idea. Soma is a drug-like substance users take to experience hallucinations of happiness.
Drug use is an issue that affects individuals, families, communities, and all levels of government, not just in the United States, but also around the world (Hart, Ksir 2015). According to Carl Hart and Charles Ksir, the word “drug” can be defined as “any substance, natural or artificial, other than food, that by its chemical nature alters structure or function in the living organism” (Hart, Ksir 2015). As human beings, one is naturally curious about the different things in society and may have an urge to experience those things themselves. In regard to illegal drugs, individuals may want to experience it and the effect on it may have eon them since it varies by each individual.