“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
Is it possible to create a perfect world where happiness and harmony would stand for main pillars of human existence? Could people fight their inner evils for the sake of common good? Is the suppressing of emotions and building of a “perfect” environment the best way toward universal piece? How much of utopia and how much of realism lies in this idea?
Written in 1932, “Brave new world” is a book in which the author condensed two essential visions about a “perfect society” and created a terrible version of a so called “New World”. Huxley built his story upon socialistic ideas promoted, that times, by communistic Russia, and capitalistic views grown from industrialization which were flourishing in USA.
Thus, these two international powers, served as inspiration for Huxley’s utopia. Two states which apparently had nothing in common, suddenly, in the book, became so terrifying alike in their malefic and destructive impact on human beings. The message is actually not so openly expressed along the story, it is hidden behind numerous hints and facts which shape a clear image of a modern society.
A mesmerizing aspect is that the story reflects actually nowadays life, tough is was written so many years ago. It seems unbelievable how the author could predict in the ’30s a life we are living now, in 21st century – a life of: consumerism, high tech, progressive loss of moral values and family status as a core of a healthy society, absentminded-brainwashed people who swallow a fake reality without trying to question it, lost of authenticity and connection with nature or deep feelings, routine which doesn’t allow human beings to simply be with their inner world.
Huxley concludes that an utopian happiness and welfare is possible just by using force, control, threat and punishment toward a crowd of dumb people. But, isn’t it a fake “perfect life”? How is it possible to make somebody happy when he is deprived of freedom?
Huxley was just a storyteller not pro and not particularly against US or Russia. He just showed in his book that an absolute equality is impossible to be achieved since human being is a complex, unpredictable creature bread from good and evil. Technology and progress have also their limits, because people are above material things – they are spirits, who sooner or later, realize that.
In the end the author doesn’t give any chance neither to an utopia, neither to current world, suggesting that they both failed in their attempt to make this world a better place to live.
But…if even God couldn’t make Adam and Eve to stay and enjoy an everlasting harmony of Eden, then why people strive to create some utopias on Earth? Isn’t it enough just to live a simple life, with good and bad parts, trying to make the best out of it?