Brave New World Message

What does Aldous Huxley want to tell us about in Brave New World?

Is there any message that he would like to deliver to readers of the contemporary world?

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As Huxley was writing this novel in the early 1930s, the stock market crash of 1929 had collapsed the world's economies and totalitarianism was on the rise. The world seemed to many to be falling apart, and many people were turning to authoritarianism to solve their problems.

The novel is a satire of a dictator's, Mustapha Mond's, vision of a perfectly calibrated World State where everyone is "happy" because they are conditioned (brainwashed) and drugged to be so. They have no real power or control over their lives, and their happiness is shallow. It is based on denying their full humanity, which is the capacity to enter into deep relationships with others, suffer, produce art, worship, and ask hard questions about life and meaning. Instead, people indulge in constant consumerism rather than relationship, participate in the group orgies that have replaced religion, take soma rather than ask questions,...

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If you continue the way you use technology, then you will end up like brave new world.

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