Brave New World

"The ethics and philosophy of under-consumption…"

Quote Explained

“There was a thing, as I’ve said before, called Christianity….The ethics and philosophy of under-consumption……So essential when there was under-production; but in an age of machines and the fixation of nitrogen—positively a crime against society….All crosses had their tops cut and became T’s. There was also a thing called God….There was a thing called Heaven; but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol….There was a thing called the soul and a thing called immortality.”

Who said this?

This quote was said by the Director.

Under what context was it in?

In the beginning of the book on pages 52 through 53, after he had explained the lab to possible people that would be working in the lab soon, he was explaining to them how the world was like before all of these labs has started where God and Religion existed for people. He was also explaining how God never mixed in with the lab because the Director stated that Science simply doesn't mix with Religion because Religion is a big topic that does start wars and the people that work in the lab doesn't want that because they don't have any wars in their "Eutopia."

How does this relate to a Dystopian society- both in the book and in the world today?

This relates to a Dystopian society in the book and in the world today because everyone is conditioned to a life that they never chose, there is no God or Religion, in other words, there is no hope, people don't have "souls" or basically not actually falling in love with one another, not missing someone if they died, and when you die, you don't have a grave, you are just turned into ashes. Also, sex isn't a big deal in this world, it's just something that you do for fun. Lastly, people also take this drug called soma to "feel good," even when they were children.

The World as a Dystopia

The world that we live in today is a Dystopia in some ways. We do have Religion, but we have so many different ones that people create wars if they don't believe in the same God. For example, Muslims that are extremists terrorize other people by sacrificing them by bombing or beheading them. They would even blow themselves up to sacrifice themselves and other people. The best example for this that has happened is 9/11. We have mothers and fathers but some mothers and fathers are not that great to their children. There is child abuse and in some cases, to the point where the mother or the father or both of them end up killing their child because of it. An example of this is a "father of four boys, 67-year-old Wayne Sperling, was sentenced to five years in prison for keeping his sons in a tiny Denver apartment covered in layers of cat and human feces. Decomposing animals were found near the squalid mattress the four boys shared." (Jordan Steffen) There are many cases similar to this or even worse than this and it happens almost everyday. There are also cases of animal abuse. One example of this is a story that i've heard a long time ago where a horse was punished by their "behavior" and was tied by its legs to a back of a truck and the person that abused this horse drove their car for at least a mile. Police of course stopped him and when they examined the horse, the horse was blind, half deaf, and malnurished. Now the horse is living in a happy and healthy farm, but unfortunatly in some animal abuse cases, they don't make it. In this dystopia of a world there is also starvation, violence, people without homes, rape, neglect, drugs, pornography, prostitution or trafficking, and anything else that's bad that you can think of. We have a lot of flaws in our world, but we also have the good side of those things like love, compassion for one another, friendships or relationships, and being generous for other people.

Theme song

The Bravery - Stir the Blood - I Have Seen the Future (with Lyrics)

I Have Seen the Future- The Bravery

The song I Have Seen the Future by The Bravery fits perfectly with Brave New World because the song is talking about Brave New World. It's talking about taking the drug soma and it repeats "oh, it's a brave new world" after every line and it is also stating the evolution of the book and how the people in the book have no feelings at all. This song is in the mind set of the characters in Brave New World except they aren't agreeing that it is a Eutopia like they said it was. They are explaining how the people are like dogs without a name living under a government that only conditioned them to be who they are. Almost like marching soldiers one by one and only walking to where someone told them to walk to.
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Against GMO's or GMP's

In my opinion, I'm against GMO's or GMP's. "Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are a broad group of plants, animals, and bacteria that are engineered for a wide variety of applications ranging from agricultural production to scientific research" (GMO: Harmful Effects). The way that GMO's can be harmful is that there can be increased allergies in GMO products, increased toxins in the food, decreased nutrition, and resistance to antibiotics. "Food Allergy affects approximately 5% of children and 2% of adults in the U.S. and is a significant public health threat" (Bakshi, 2003). When harmful protiens enter the human bodies, it can create a allergic reaction which is what GMO's can cause. With increased toxity, it can be created with the new gene for the genetically modified plant. If it is damaged during the process of inserting this new gene in the plant, it can produce or alter its production of toxins. "A genetically modified plant could theoretically have lower nutritional quality than its traditional counterpart by making nutrients unavailable or indigestible to humans" (Bakshi, 2003). Phytate is a common compound used in GMO's but is not safe for human consumption. It is proven that foods with lower phytate compounds help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Work's Cited

"Denver Father Gets 5 Years in Prison in "horrific" Child Abuse Case." - The Denver Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.

"GMO: Harmful Effects." GMO: Harmful Effects. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.