However, such reliance upon commodification also blunts any attempt at original thought.It … might make [intelligent people] lose their faith in happiness as the Sovereign Good and take to believing, instead, that the goal was somewhere beyond, somewhere outside the present human sphere; that the purpose of life was not the maintenance of well-being, but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge. Do we say that about the experiences we have drinking alcohol or taking a cold sedative to help us sleep? It is nearly impossible for anyone in our society to agree with a system of government where control is exercised by chemical intoxication. This example shows that progress does not always maximize happiness, a fact that John the Savage clearly sees in his new society. As history abundantly demonstrates, the entities inspiring horizontal self-transcendence can inspire sin at least as readily as virtue. Moreover, science, technology, and mass production had seemingly removed many external constraints and disciplines, e. While this system is built purely on efficiency and practicality there is a flaw that there is never any difference and life runs like a well-oiled machine made up of thousands of identical and specially designed parts. Excellence, in turn, presupposes a conception of perfection. For the most part, he is, calling out for emotion and art to be allowed to roam free in the World State, being the only person to show grief, and for all intents and purposes being the perfect rebellious figure. It is not right to say, however, that the system of the World Controllers is working without problems. Hence the war against awareness. Call it hedonism, rational choice theory, a biological tendency, whatever you want, a desire for happiness for ourselves and others drives everything we do.
Yes, and more intense, more violent. Hence the war against awareness.
All this is especially true of death, the most poignant pain of all, irreversible and irrevocable, the unanswerable proof that reality is not malleable, that earthly existence is in at least some measure tragic, that its fleeting pleasures are not adequate recompense for its hurts.
He kneels reverently before Lenina and kisses her hand; she leans forward lustfully. London: Vintage, The lack of widespread outrage over our disastrous system of education, and of any serious attempt to undo it, indicates that our educators are giving our slack-souled population what it wants.
The school is on.