Sunday, November 08, 2009

a brave new world...

so i haven been reading "a brave new world" and it is so frightening and interesting that a book written over eighty years ago could be so apt in capturing major aspects of our America culture today. specifically the two concepts of extreme pleasure(escapism) and the inability to think independently. Or rather the fact that those who do think independently, who revolt against the society are removed and mistrusted with in the community. the integrity of the groups maintains over the Truth or even the search for Truth. The only truth that is allowed is what is mass produced by the media and government. this is evident in the dialogue with the director and bernard...where they talk about bernard's leaving.

i was especially struck by how the media (while not a huge part of the book) so resembled our current over saturation of hype and celebrity culture. the"savage" john, is never seen by any character as a person or equal but only as an oddity, amusement/entertainment, or extension of some aspect of them self...he is never seen as sacred purely for the fact that he is. this is the most stark element of a book that from the get go is, i believe, a commentary on dehumanization. this dehumanization is seen in every facet of this cultures structure and building. no one has value intrinsic to being human, they only have value in their relation to the good of the society. when the society is more important than the individual, all are possible kindling for the the good of the nation(society, community, religion, ect). if everyone is expendable then people will die; the lottery, iran, jesus, these are all examples of what happens when individuals are not as important as the "greater good". in this culture those who do not fit in are an absolute threat to the greater good and must be eliminated. this is one of the most disturbing things i can think of....

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