“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

As I advance towards that which declares its ceased call, I remain steadfast to see the unknown, good or bad, affluence or poverty, optimism or pessimism, O’ Brave New World, it is this metamorphosis that brings all of us to life. That stings in the demanding past and the polarizing present along with the persistent future, all just to give an insight, and ignite the match of change, good or bad but nonetheless this suffering is what makes us human, what makes us alive in this ravine of existentialism for it is a Brave New World, and one shall not be devoid of insanity or senility for they either age the heart or bloom in the dawn.

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For those that follow in suit of that which is declared to be a precedence and those that follow in suit of that which is a precedence for their own passion and invigoration, it is a fight that we all fight. Lost in between the society and the administrative governance over us, we either look to the authority or look away from it but neither am I an avid follower of totalitarianism and neither am I an avid supporter of anarchy, however, I am an avid promoter of moderation and wisdom thus they should be your guiding light.

The Author, Plot and More Information

The book Brave New World is written by Aldous Huxley who was a renowned English writer, poet, playwright and philosopher. He was born in Surrey, England in 1894 and published over 50 books during his lifetime. He spent the last 25 years of his life in the USA and joined the Vedanta Society of Southern California, a spiritual organization. Thus he also wrote immensely on spiritual topics as well.

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Here is a list of his notable works (P.S these do not include all of his works, just a few that I know of):

  • Island
  • Doors of Perception
  • Point Counter Point
  • The Perennial Philosophy
  • Chrome Yellow
  • Eyeless in Gaza
  • The Genius and the Goddess
  • Time Must Have a Stop
  • The Art of Seeing

The main characters of Brave New World include:

  1. Bernard Marx
  2. Helmholtz Watson
  3. Lenina Crowne
  4. The Savage (John)

Brave New World is a dystopian novel which gives an insight into A.F. 624 when the world is in it’s “happiest state” with the philosophy of eugenics with classes such as Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons and each of the people in these castes are trained with Hypnopaedia to force them to fit in their own class system so that any form of disagreement or hardships can be avoided. There is no sense of long term relationships, love, parenthood or independent thought and action for even children are scientifically manufactured by ectogenesis and the Bokanovsky’s process. In this dystopian era, Savage Reservations consists of people who rebel against this type of World Order and question the validity of this system.

My Review and Experience Regarding The Book

Brave New World was one of the very few dystopian novels that I have read and this genre has completely exhilarated to me to an unimaginable extent. With an eye-opening plot, which is not only intriguing but eccentric at the same time, it does actually give you a break from some other predictable plots you have read in books because the way that the plot has been written about and thought about can be evidently seen by reading the text.

Simultaneously, the text is extensively thought-inducing which doesn’t come as a surprise considering the literary interests and writings of Aldous Huxley. But still, the philosophy which is at times an intrinsic or an extrinsic element of the plot, makes you question many things that you are either a victim or a witness of. For example:

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced because they love their servitude.”

– Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Thus, it gives you a pin-hole view into the authority that currently and for ages controls even a single, simple individual of the society, or as the book states, the “World Order”. It gives an intoxicating insight into not only our previous and present systems of governance and societal precedence but also connects that to the far-fetched future which might not be as far as we think it to be as we all contemplate about our own personal stance in the society.

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Moreover, the imaginative powers of Sir Aldous Huxley have not yet ceased to amaze me until I read other of his texts but the impeccable imagery in the novel really does give you a peek into the amalgamation of wisdom, thought and art in his work.

“And the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness. It depends on the force of the current, the height and strength of the barrier.”

– Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Additionally, the depth in each character makes them feel like an irreplaceable part of the story and each of these depths, coincide and interact with each other in this dystopian setting.

My Favorite Lines From the Book

Here are a few lines from the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley that have stayed with me:

(P.S. All of these quotes/lines ARE from Brave New World and they are written by Aldous Huxley, I was just too lazy to write it beside every line.)

  • “The lower the caste, the shorter the oxygen.”
  • “All conditioning aims at making people like their inescapable social destiny.”
  • “…but then most historical facts are unpleasant.”
  • “But everyone belongs to everyone else.”
  •  “Government’s an affair of sitting not hitting. You rule with the brains and the buttocks, never with the fists.”
  • “It is not enough for the phrases to be good, what you make with them ought to be good too.”
  • “When people are suspicious with you, you start being suspicious with them.”
  • “I’d rather be myself, myself and nasty, not somebody else however jolly.”
  • “If one’s different one’s bound to be lonely.”
  • “That the purpose of life was not the maintenance of wellbeing but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge.”

“One can’t have something for nothing. Happiness has got to be paid for.”

– Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

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