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The parody of religious worship, particuarly of the Catholic/ Christian Church in Chapter 5, presents a picture of religion gone wrong. There are 12 (Apostles?) members of their society at this Solidarity Service (Mass). They begin with the sign of the T (Cross). They place Soma tablets on the table, just as the Catholic Church places the bread on the table. They pass a "loving cup" of strawberry soma (Wine/Blood) around the table and drink, reminiscent of The Last Supper. Then they sing hymns --- 12 stanzas again. Of course it's total silliness, as is much of what goes on in this world.
Do I see this in our present religions? I do not. However, I see the tendency toward excess and hedonism in our culture. Many of our religions attempt to "fight" this culture by emphasizing values and activites that are not hedonism related. This is not to say that some religions may not be involved in practices that resemble those in the book, just that I am not aware of them and mainstream religions do not seem to be following the path of BNW.
In using Henry Ford and his method of economic production as a religious entity for the inhabitants of the BNW, he was satirically drawing our attention to our own world's religious entities, certainly. Look at Christianity, for example. Christians make the sign of the cross and participate in religious ceremonies and rituals. In BNW you have the feelies, and in real life religion you have ceremonies too. In worshipping Ford and making the sign of the "T" Huxley is making the point that we also worship and see economics and production as gods. Consumerism was one of Huxley's concerns even back then. How many people in the world value material things over spiritual things? In BNW Revisited, a book published after BNW, Huxley returned to discuss consumerism and other issues he saw the world facing.
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