Comparison of the New World and United States Today
Although the New World, from BNW, and the United States today are different in various ways, they do have a few things in common, which leads me to the effects of conditioning in BNW, also known as media and technology in the United States.
People in both the New World and the United States have been hypnotized in one way or another. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching an advertisement on the television or someone talking to you while you’re sleep. You will end up remembering what you have watched or listened to anyway. Hypnopedia, for example, is talked about throughout the entire book. The BNW uses this to convince people to be happy by telling them phrases that will protect them from emotional or physical harm. Hypnopedia is also a method used to control people’s thoughts by repeating the same message over and over again until those messages are stuck in their minds forever. In the book, it was discovered in chapter two that hypnopedia was discovered by a young Polish boy. It was said that he fell asleep with the news on, and woke up reciting the whole program word from word. After learning about the discovery, the Controllers had the children taught moral lessons in their sleep. What hypnopedia does to the New World, technology and media does almost the same to the U.S. In the United States, media and technology is heavily relied upon. Media for example, determines what they want us to know without giving out full information.
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Basically they try to tell people how to think. Also in magazines too, because every time you look up, you see celebrities’ personal lives. The photographers who take these pictures are so drawn into their work, that they don’t care how they get it, just as long as they get something decent to make them enough money. There are other things that can remind someone of hypnosis, such a baby’s musical crib. Most of the time when babies are put to sleep for the night, parents often turn on the music player which usually keeps the baby calm. In reality, the baby is actually is having a sleep teaching moment where he/she is learning the tune of a lullaby. As young children we are soothed from our crying the voices of our parents. We are taught that we are loved. Throughout our lives we are taught important lessons through our sleep. In Brave New World the children are also taught valuable, life changing lessons during their sleep.
Another way these two societies are linked together is by drugs. In the New World, there is a certain drug everyone takes, including children, and it is called soma. Brave New World depends on soma, while in our world drugs are prescribed to certain people and only that person is supposed to take it. In the story, soma is considered an everyday thing. When you’re sad you take soma, when you’re learning you take soma, etc. It’s so interesting and similar to our world because most citizens nowadays tend to use drugs for the heck of it. They see others doing it, and they desperately want to be a part of the cool crowd that, they’ll smoke because of “peer pressure”. In the book, when Linda was left at the Reservation, she went through a withdrawal because she had no soma. It got to the point where she was depressed for about 20 years. This same exact situation happens in the U.S today. Drug addicts, who usually go through withdrawals, feel the exact same way. They feel empty inside, like its them against the world. Drugs today are looked upon as bad, but in brave new world they are an accepted way to avoid your problems.
My final reason as to how they are similar has something to do with religion. In BNW, they worship Henry Ford. Henry Ford is their impersonation of a god; they worship the letter T in honor of the model T car. They have even changed the crosses into letter T’s. The government has replaced the regular date using AD, after the birth of Christ, with AF, which refers to After Ford, or the years after the death of Ford. They have don’t believe in religion, while the people in the United States are allowed to choose their own religion. The World State doesn’t believe in such thing as religion, “You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion… Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly.” Often, there are some who choose not to believe in any God too. In our society religion represents different things for different people. In each country, organized religions have changed what they stand for to fit the views of society in that country. For example, the Roman Catholic Church has certain customs and beliefs in Asia, and completely different customs in America. All organized religions change their views to fit the needs of society. There has been an increase in the number of people following cults in recent times. Typically cult members worship the leader, a mortal, instead of the traditional supreme beings. Western religions have begun to loose popularity to alternate religions, which may indicate that people have become frustrated or disillusioned with western religions and the concept of one “God.”
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In conclusion, the New World and United States share things in common: effects of conditioning, drugs, and religion. From effects of conditioning, you are sort of brain washed into a certain way of thinking. For both societies, this has to do with sleep learning, where you are taught moral lessons that will later guide you in life. Drugs because people rely on them to either reduce painful feelings or just to get a “high” and feel good. Lastly, religion is mentioned because both worlds have their own thoughts about religion. One thing is for sure, if the United States doesn’t get their act together now, we could be heading into the mind set of Brave New World.