The drug given is called soma. Soma blocks and numbs reality and replaces it with happy hallucinations. It also blocks people’s ability to see the life they actually live, which is a form of manipulation because citizens are manipulated to take soma, which helps them live a happy and perfect lifestyle. The government also influences/encourages the citizens to take soma tablets but the amount is regulated. Since soma is taken every day the amount given is regulated so there is no such thing as overdose.
The Significance of a “Brave New World” Huxley is trying to get a lesson across, that technology is destroying the basics of society: family, cultural diversity, art, literature, science, religion and philosophy. He specifically uses John for this purpose. He also uses John to get his warning across about socialist and communist attitudes and to some degree his opposition to a capitalist consumer society. He uses some of the themes of the book to warn humanity as a whole about the use of technology to control society, the dangers of an all-powerful state and the incompatibility of happiness and truth. These warnings are relevant to today’s society because technology and media are changing the way we look at human feelings and rights, trying to avoid a society where people are not so much denied human rights such as free speech and expression but conditioned to not care.
Introduction: (Thesis) Huxley’s Brave New World goes well with the Marxist Theory through the breakdown of society and government control of Soma, The Incompatibility of Happiness and Truth, and The Consumer Society. Example One: (Soma) Supporting Fact from Text: Soma is a drug to feel instant satisfaction to control the World State’s population. It also represents the use of religion to control the society. It’s a symbol of the power influence of science and technology on society. “And if anything should go wrong, there’s soma”.
As we saw in the video “Guns, Germs and Steel” with Professor Jared Diamond, we saw that the tribe’s lack of intelligence was not the case for developing more as a civilization. For example, we saw how the people of New Guinea lived. They used the resources they had around them in order to make food, clothing and weapons to help grow and succeed as a civilization. Not only this, but by having the children help at a young age made the tribe more successful in the way that everyone played a part in contributing to make their civilization stronger as a unit. Another reason that the civilizations might have not been successful could have been the weather and climate that they were to go through.
The technology in the developing countries had progressed to nthe point where they didn’t use leaded gasoline at all, but the undeveloped countries technology had not gotten there at this point. Economically Great Lakes was doing phenomenal business but they were selling a harmful product to countries and people that were not technologically and politically ready to change to the safer product. These only seemed to affect the poorer countries in the Middle East, Africa and South America. Great Lakes even though they wanted to do the right thing ethical thing economically and politically they wanted to stay on the path they were on, because they didn’t want to upset their customers and their governments. This could have a very adverse affect on their business dealing with these countries later if they pulled out of the lead additive business too quickly.
With almost every example of paradise comes a very serious repercussion usually due to human nature. In the tale of adam and eve it was curiosity that ruined it for ourselves and disobedience of 'the higher power'. In film, this formula has been used many times with different pit falls for our own nature to stumble into. Sometimes its a government or society attempting to exert control over free thought in order to create a utopian world, other times we blame advancements in technology. In search for a utopian solution we create a dystopia with our need to advance technologically.
The Brave New World is about our world that will be found in the future with very advanced technology. It talks about how you can be happy by just taking pills everyday when you feel down and you can be pregnant by in vitro fertilization. It also shows us differences between the reservation and the World State that the reservation is dirty and unsanitary and that the World State is clean and perfect. This shows us what we may expect to see in the future when we will have technology advantages that will go beyond. Science and technology advances are good and bad when used in the wrong way.
American exceptionalism has continued to pan across the entire world with its cultural, socioeconomic and technological advances that has altered nearly every other society. The growing trends of transformational alterations to worldwide societies and governments have produced both delight for its beneficial effects even as distaste and hatred flowed from envy and ignorance. These nations and ethnic groups who have despised America’s efforts, twist the facts and policies of U.S intentions so that they could persist in distracting their citizens from the necessary social changes needed domestically. As growing anti-Americanism continues to shock the world, it is necessary to look within it to find the harmful effects it may have upon United States, and what America could do to counteract its growing insurgency. Understanding the growing anti-Americanism is imperative in finding the correct solution to the growth of American hate.
He does many things to bring about the rise of the people and the fall of the tyrannical government. There are many different themes and ideas present in this movie. The main theme is totalitarianism and invasion of privacy. Although that type of government was prompted by the extreme fear of the people, as Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” . The people gave up their privacy and most of their rights in order to get what they considered safety, and this is a prominent theme in the movie.
‘Gattaca’ doesn’t condemn the genetic experimentation itself, but it condemning the way it is used, and why it is used. Even though the genetic engineering can save the lives of the people, it is used blindly and the reason for using it is wrong. It doesn’t better people personality, it rather makes more selfish and narrow minded. According to the society of ‘Gattaca’ science means everything, it cannot be flawed and will always be accurate, but as shown in the film Vincent prevails science and reaches his dream. People rely on DNA and science too much, which could potently corrupt our society.