What is the Huxley's messsage in Brave New World?

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Due to the many issues addressed in Huxley'sBrave New World, it is not hasty to say that Huxley had many points to make about where the world was heading as of 1931. In the book's forward, Huxley says that his book "is a book about the future and, whatever its artistic or philosophical qualities, a book about the future can interest us only if its prophecies look as though they might conceivably come true" (xi). Hence, Huxley must have thought that every issue addressed in the book, from test-tube babies to soma addicts, was a logical possibility for the path upon which humanity walked. He also believed that a "revolution" was taking place "in the souls and flesh of human beings" (xii) and not necessarily in the external world as many had thought at the time. Another poignant quote from Huxley's forward, which also presents his message a bit further, is "It is probable that all the world's governments will be more or less completely totalitarian even before the harnessing of atomic energy; that they will be totalitarian during and after the harnessing seems almost certain" (xv). From the forward and the wonderful narrative that follows, Huxley seems to say that all we hold dear, from education to morality, will be compromised if people of the world don't limit their governments. The story shows the limits of personal freedom in the mind, souls, and bodies of people governed by totalitarian rule.

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