Brave New World

Brave New World - Brave New World 18:36:00 ← ← Stoics...

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Unformatted text preview: Brave New World 04/05/2009 18:36:00 ← ← Stoics • Alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon fetuses o All destined to perform some kind of work Ie workers in tropics will be exposed to intense heat o All accept this predestined nature without question • The citizen is socialized to only have an allegiance to the State; personal connections of all sorts are discouraged, and even the desire to develop such connections is conditioned away. • Without stability, civilization cannot exist. o The operation undergone voluntarily for the good of Society • That is the secret of happiness and virtue-liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny." ← ← ← ← Augustine • The almost religious regard in which the World State holds technology is apparent o The World State= church and technology= God The creator of all things • The voice teaches pride and happiness in the Beta caste o Against • The constant availability of physical satisfaction evident in the feelies, the abundance of soma, the easy attainment of sex through state sanctioned promiscuity, and the lack of any historical knowledge that might point to an alternate way of life, ensure that the way of life developed and instituted by the World State will not be threatened. o Temptation allows obedience to State (against) • Because they are trained to see history as worthless, they are trapped in the present, unable to imagine alternative ways of life. • Every one works for every one else. We can't do without any one. Even Epsilons are useful. We couldn't do without Epsilons. ← Plato • Social stability is highest goal • Tech allows highest people in power to solidify and justify the unequal distribution of power and status. • virtually incapable of performing any other function than that to which they are assigned • Because the World State wants children to be loyal consumers as adults, the importance of the individual is diminished in order to further the interests of the larger community. • It is worth noting that the novel explicitly establishes that Bernard's dissatisfaction with the State stems from his own isolation within it, o Doesn’t belong in this society (Socrates) • history of the World State, Mustapha Mond blames the previously sacred institutions of family, love, motherhood, and marriage for causing social instability in the old society. o these old institutions shared the work of mediating the conflict between the individual's interests and the interests of society with the State, but the personal institutions and State institutions were themselves out of alignment, creating instability.themselves out of alignment, creating instability....
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2009 for the course ARLT 100 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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Brave New World - Brave New World 18:36:00 ← ← Stoics...

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