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Unformatted text preview: Rosenberg 1 Claire Rosenberg Mr. Winland Creative Writing 26 April 2011 The True Pursuit of Happiness In todays society, there are countless rules and restrictions placed on human behavior and societal interactions. These rules vary in severity, but nevertheless almost always result in lesser levels of happiness. In todays world, we face restrictions from many angles: the government, our schools, and parents. But what if such subdivisions of authority were nonexistent and the only law was that of the state? Furthermore, what if the states law was one in which there was no individual autonomy, no popular sovereignty to speak of? What if we lived in Aldous Huxleys Brave New World? Huxleys world is one where humanity is a predestined course. Every individuals future is known from the moment they are immersed into blood- surrogate as embryos bottled in test-tubes. There are no individual rights, no freedoms or choices to be made. Yet not having ever experienced such rights as we have today, Huxleys characters know no other form of emotions. They believe themselves to be truly happy, and the World State puts great effort into ensuring the proliferation of this very sentiment. In this sense, happiness is relative. Bernard, Lenina, Henry, and Helmholtz have not experienced true freedom; therefore they have not experienced true happiness. Huxleys Brave New World teaches us that true they have not experienced true happiness....
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