In Brave New World, what is Bernard's heretical views on soma and sports?

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As Bernard reveals to Lenina when they are in a helicopter together, what he hates about sports and taking Soma is the way that these activities remind him that his value is only based on the extent to which he is part of the social body. What draws him to the beauty of the sea, which ironically Lenina finds so terrifying and scary, is that it helps him to imagine that he is alone and that he is measured in terms of himself rather than feeling always a part of society. Note how he expresses his view to Lenina:

"It makes me feel as though..." he hesitated, searching for words with which to express himself, "as though I were more me, if you see what I mean. More on my own, not so completely a part of something else. Not just a cell in the social body."

This of course is in complete contrast with the accept view of society, which is expressed by Lenina in the way that this society is built around a sense of community to such an extent that individualism is impossible.

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