In Brave New World what point does Aldous Huxley make about human nature and the nature of human communities?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many possible points that Huxley makes about human nature.  In Brave New World, there is a community of happy, entertained, peaceful and productive individuals that functions without war or rebellion.  How they have achieved this, if you set aside the genetic engineering from conception, provides us with a glimpse of what Huxley might be implying about human beings.  He seems to state that humans, as long as they are kept busy, active, entertained and sexually fulfilled, are perfectly content.  In this brave new society, the people are constantly playing games and activities, going to the "feelies" where they experience ultimate physical pleasure, and are programmed to not make any strong emotional ties, but rather to focus on physical escapes through sex and soma.  He seems to be asserting that humans are very physical creatures, and take care of those physical needs, either through genetics, or through physical satisfaction, and they don't need anything else.  He quite leaves out the concept of morality, religion, principles, soul, intellectualism and independence.  It's an interesting picture that he paints, one that he feels is necessary for human communities to thrive and succeed on any large scale.

Huxley's vision of the future is a very thought-provoking one, and certainly good fodder for some great discussion on human nature indeed.  I hope that those thoughts helped; good luck!

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