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Technology And Progress In Brave New World

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Upon entering the “Squat Grey Building” that is the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre; you will see the motto of the World State: Community, Identity, and Stability. These three words reflect the ultimate goal of the Utopia that is the World State. “Community” means that everyone within the Utopia must work together to maximize happiness for the society as a whole. “Identity” refers to the five classes of hereditary social groups that are created through genetic engineering. Finally, “Stability” refers to the ultimate goal of the Utopia. By creating similar people and censoring and controlling actions, the society looks to minimize conflict, risk, and overall change. The ...view middle of the document...

The Hatchery then destines each one of these embryos for a particular caste within the World State. These people are completely dehumanized as they unable to escape their social destinies.
Through the use of conditioning, individuals created in the World State are incapable of performing any other function other than the ones they are assigned to. According to the Director, “social stability” is the highest social goal of the Utopia. He argues that through the use of genetic engineering and rigorous conditioning, people will accept their roles with society without question. Upon reading the first two chapters of this book, you can see the obvious comparisons between the production of humans in the Centre and the production of consumer goods on an assembly line. We also find that the World State uses a drug known as “soma” to better control the population. This drug sedates and distracts its users from realizing that there is anything wrong with the society that they live in.
In chapter three of Brave New World, Mustapha Mond, one of the World Controllers, discusses what life was like before the World State began to tighten control. He believes that stability is the only way that civilization and move forward. Before the World State, instability ultimately lead to war, social unrest, and disease. Without the stability created by the Utopian society, there was untold misery and suffering. The leaders of the World State actually believe that they are creating a better world by dehumanizing the population.
In chapter sixteen of this book, Mund states: “Besides, we have our stability to think of. We don’t want change. Every change is a menace to stability. That’s another reason why we are so charity of applying new inventions. Every discovery in pure science is a potentially subversive; even science must sometimes be treated as a possible enemy. Yes, even science.” After reading this quote by the World Controller, we can see that the World State tries to avoid and contain any form of progress to achieve a stable society. The World State believes that they have created the perfect society and that things must not change. Even the current levels of progress like Bokanovsky’s process shall be preserved, as any further development could potential destroy the entire system.
Understanding what progress means is critical to understanding the suppression of the Utopia created by the World State. In our society today, we think of progress as the ability to improve our current way of doing things. We can achieve progress through the advancement of technology and through the development of new ideas. The only progress in the Brave New World was to develop the genetic engineering to breed the citizens and the conditioning processes to suppress them. Once this was achieved, the society has been kept at a constant level. By doing so, stability in the World State is promised and possible scientific advancements that could...

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