Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (1932)

November 14, 2014 § 2 Comments

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O wonder!
How many godly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t.

William ShakespeareThe Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203–206
Brave New World (1932) is one of the most bewitching and insidious works of literature ever written.

An exaggeration?

Tragically, no. Brave New World has come to serve as the false symbol for any regime of universal happiness.

For sure, Huxley was writing a satirical piece of fiction, not scientific prophecy. Hence to treat his masterpiece as ill-conceived futurology rather than a work of great literature might seem to miss the point. Yet the knee-jerk response of “It’s Brave New World!” to any blueprint for chemically-driven happiness has delayed research into paradise-engineering for all sentient life.

So how does Huxley turn a future where we’re all notionally happy into the archetypal dystopia? If it’s technically feasible, what’s wrong with usingbiotechnology to get rid of mental pain altogether?

Read more: Brave NewWorld? A Defence Of Paradise-Engineering

Informasi Bibliografi

Penulis: Aldous Huxley
Penerbit:  Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.
Bahasa: Inggris

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