Justification In Huxley's Brave New World

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Throughout life, goals are necessary in order to keep moving forward. Goals evolve continuously to reach the final end. It is misleading, however, to conclude that the end is simply righteous as the means to reaching some goals are difficult and propose questions about morality. It is not the truly the goals that authors, such as Huxley, and historical events signifies, rather it is the means to reaching this end and whether or not is is justified. Justification is seen throughout history where the events act the evidence and the decision as the verdict. In Brave New World and several historical events, justification is an important factor when it comes to executing the proper action. To justify an action, decision, or event means …show more content…
The atomic bombs were developed by Oppenheimer, and were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an effort to end the war in the Pacific. The atomic bomb killed approximately “80,000… and at least as many were injured by fire, radiation sickness, and the force of explosion” (Cayton 853). However, according to President Harry S. Truman and several other historians, this action was completely justified. Primarily, approximately a few million American soldiers would have lost their lives if they did not drop the atomic bombs which they could not afford after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the “Heavy American casualties at Iwo Jima and Okinawa…” (853). In fact, President Truman conclusively justifies his decision by stating, "Having found the bomb we have used it. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American prisoners of war, against those who have abandoned all pretense of obeying international laws of warfare. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the live.” Thus, to President Truman and most probably the citizens of the United States, the safety, security, and happiness of the remaining American soldiers is vital, not the lives of those that took away their loved …show more content…
The word happiness originates from hap meaning chance and fortune. The individuality of the “cells in the social” is taken away, which clearly creates stability. Yet, neither of the people truly experience happiness because they are neither taking a chance, nor are they given an opportunity. John, the savage, agrees, “‘You got rid of them. Yes, that’s just like you. Getting rid of everything unpleasant instead of learning to put up with it” (). According to John, happiness is more of a reward if it is earned after pain and sadness. Completely taking away emotions by administering drugs does not justify social stability. Stability can also be reached through hard work and cooperation despite the lying obstacles and hardships in the community and the individual’s

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