Brave New World Essay

1130 Words Apr 19th, 2002 5 Pages
New? Aldous Huxley's Brave New World illustrates a colorful, fantastic universe of sex and emotion, programming and fascism that has a powerful draw in a happy handicap. This reality pause button is called "Soma". "Take a holiday from reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology." ( Huxley 54 ). In his universe, Soma is the cure for everything. All problems, be they psychological, physical, or social are totally forgotten, their lurking shadows temporarily banished from sight. What is worrisome about this futuristic fabrication is its ideal reality. People in our current and very non-fictional times are taking steps toward the world of massive Soma use and acceptation. When one stops, and sees …show more content…
This practice is widespread; any population the fits today's guidelines of "civilization" has some kind of drug that provides the escape route, if not a variety of them. The idea of drug induced escape is so ground in that medical professions give in to it today. Psychiatrists are capable of prescribing drugs that soothe the mind, and ease the pain in the troubled patient. These drugs act as a quick fix, seeming to solve a patient's problems immediately, while the fears and troubles are only pushed aside for the time. This use is intended as a bandage to heal and aid the mind. Like all Band-Aids, the padding wears off, and the patch falls away, when the dosage wears off. These properties are much like those of Soma. Only Soma is better, no headaches, no side effects, and the government gives it to you for doing your job. Soma represents the drugs of today upgraded, mass produced, made free and socially acceptable. Huxley did not create a new concept in Soma, he merely acknowledged what effects his predicted scientific and industrial advancements would have on drugs. Soma is the fruit of hallucinogenic industrialization. It follows the same proportionate guidelines of advancement and production that Huxley used for his other predictions, the same speed and amount of change for the more, the faster, the easier. "Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are." (238). The fear that this realization should bring is that such use of

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