”Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” -Aldo Leopold
Within the text ‘Brave New World’, by Aldous Huxley, many issues are introduced which may bear resemblance, into perhaps our modern lifestyle or future. Many of these issues are haunting, and involve the progression of a technologically ensnared society:
“ 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.” – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Firstly, the concept of our lives’ being ruled by technology, therefore resulting in the change and alteration of mindset, is one we may begin to observe, in a contemporary context today.
As a result of our increased interactions with technology and artificial intelligence, we may be manipulated to do or act in a certain way, which does not necessarily represent our lifestyle or way of thinking.
One example of this, is advertising, for products such as deoderant, and food items. When we observe such works, an image or colour may appeal to an audience, therefore influencing them to buy the product.
This links to the text, due to the fact that atmosphere and subliminal messages are developed, in order to control the free-thinking mind of an individual. ‘The Class System’, implied eithin the text, is one example of this.
Another dystopian novel, ‘1984’, by George Orwell, also explores the possibilities of a future, which is heavily influenced by the government.
Within the novel ‘Brave New World’, we may observe, that humanity is griven freedom, within the grips of technological circumstance and genetical modification, however in George Orwell’s ‘1984’, a distilled sense of freedom is not present. Instead, mankind is ‘controlled’.
In comparison to ‘1984’, I believe that Huxley’s ‘Brave ‘New World’, it paints more of an image, which resembles life today.The reality of ‘Brave New World’, is a more likely direction for society, than that portrayed in George Orwell’s ‘1984’; it would not be possible to revoke the freedom, that we are given.
To conclude, I believe Huxley’s work may give an insight into the future, due to the fact we may identify features of a social society, which link to live today. As a result of an increasing scientific and technological infrastructure, we are unable to even concieve, the future which lies ahead.