Dystopian Chronicles

Ben Lyons

"God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness."(Huxley 234)

Mustapha Mond uses this quote when he and John are debating about whether or not there is a god in their society. John questions why people are conditioned to not believe in god because he thinks that it should be a natural thing for people to do. Mustapha Mond is trying to explain to John that World State chose science and universal happiness over god in order to be more stable and successful. This is because he believes that God manifests himself in different ways to different men and it could cause problems in World State. It relates to a dystopian society in the book because it demonstrates how people are being controlled by others and that they can not live their lives freely. World State is not a place where people are able to express themselves in any way they want. The people are only taught to do things that are in the best interest of World State and everything else is being hidden from them. This relates to a dystopian society in today's world because it is very similar to a dictatorship. World State is controlled by one man and it is his power to decide what should be taught and how people should live there lives. The government hides certain things from the people so that they do not begin to question or try and revolutionize. Other things are viewed more heavily in their society over the belief and faith in a God. There are places in our world today that are similar to this such as North Korea. When you live there you are restricted from the outside world and the government chooses what you are able to do or not. The government makes the choice of how their society will be run just like in World State.

Dystopia in the World Today

A dystopia is a society that either consists of a controlling and oppressive government or no government at all, the use of propaganda is to control people's minds and trick them into thinking what is right, and freethinking and independent thought are outlawed and heavily frowned upon ("Utopia & Dystopia: Definition, Characteristics, and Examples "). The feeling of dystopia is becoming a more and more imminent reality in the world today. With all the corruption, famine, and poverty that we experience some people might say that we already preside in a dystopian society. Poverty is at an all-time high today. According to Anup Shah, "1 billion (every second child) live in poverty, and at least 80% of humanity live on less than $10 a day” (Shah). The gap between the richest people and the poorest people in the world continues to widen and unbalance the flow of money. Another reason that the world is a dystopia today is because we are becoming overpopulated and it is causing widespread famine to occur all over. We are running out of the resources that are needed in order to increase our supply of crops. People are dying of starvation all over and there is a continual food shortage problem that we can’t seem to fix. Not only is the environment having issues but the structure of the world is having issues also. The world is changing in a bad way. The positive viewpoints of having a totalitarian government are not so uncommon anymore. They are increasingly becoming a part of our world. We have countries like North Korea, like Cuba, like China who have these types of governments in place in their countries. Many governments today are starting to abuse their right of power and take away individual’s rights. They are forcing their citizens to follow policies and reforms that are in their best interests. They are also taking our right of privacy and personal information away from us. The government is closely watching and monitoring everything we do and has unrestricted access to all of our records online. If they wanted to find out anything about us they could go straight into our files and read our stuff. Finally the world today is an example of a dystopian society because of all the chaos involved with epidemics/diseases. One very popular epidemic that is wreaking havoc amongst people is ebola. Since there is no outstanding cure involved with treating ebola, people fear that it is starting to spread in regions far away from Africa. It is a very deadly disease that if not treated with the right medication then it can kill you. The idea of the world being a dystopia is no joke anymore. We continually show signs of being a dystopia and that in the future the signs may only increase.

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Radioactive-Imagine Dragons (Lyrics)

Radioactive Dystopia

The song I chose is called "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons. "It's a song about David vs. Goliath, the People vs. Tyrannical Government. It's a song about the INDIVIDUAL acting against "the system" to restore FREEDOM to those people in captivity of an ever-expanding government (the average American)" ("Imagine Dragons - Radioactive Lyrics Meaning").This song fits beautifully with theme of Brave New World because its theme is very similar to that of the book. They are both about one man who is sick with the world they live in and want to make a change for the greater good. They are disgusted with what is going on around them and so they try to revolt against the government or World State. In the song it talks about prison bus and what that means is he feels like he is in prison because the government is in complete control of them. Even though John never says anything like this in the book it is pretty obvious that he feels controlled by World State at times. It relates to the theme of the dangers of a government controlling the behavior and actions of its people in order to preserve its own stability and power. The lyrics, "I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones. Enough to make my systems blow" ("Imagine Dragons - Radioactive Lyrics Meaning") and the line from the book, "Linda had been a slave, Linda had died; others should live in freedom, and the world be made beautiful" (Huxley 210) connect. They connect because they both imply that the speaker is angry with the world and that they don't like what it is doing to everyone. Their anger with the world is causing them to act on behalf of the people and try to do what they think is right. They think that society is not where it needs to be and that things should be different.

Against GMO's

The idea of genetically modified organisms is not one that the world should be in a rush to accomplish. The day that people are created by genetically modified organisms is the day that the world will officially become a dystopia. This would give the government total power because now they would be the ones in control of the population and of what the people can do with their lives. As of now the people in the world control their lives and some still feel like we don’t have much say in things. So imagine what it would be like when the government is allowed to start genetically modifying their own people. Not only would the idea of individual rights be demolished, the idea of free thought and teaching will be dismissed too. When you leave things up to the government the majority of the time their decision will be one that has a negative effect on you. According to the article, “4 Major Arguments against Genetic Modification of Humans”, “Genetic engineering interferes with the engineered human’s ability to make free choices in relation to the modified trait (Puppet Critique) and by increasing parental demands and expectations (Parental Expectations Critique). It also postulates that the process restricts the options of the modified person by limiting their life plans and range of behaviors (Open Future Critique).” With genetically modified organisms the government has complete control in teaching and conditioning them for their future purposes. One argument that is commonly used to fight against GMO is the uniqueness argument: "According to the President's council on Bioethics, this type of genetic alteration would naturally interfere with the cloned person's individuality and thus weakens the creation of his or her own identity. It says: "Cloning-to-produce-children could create serious problems of identity and individuality... our genetic uniqueness is an important source of our sense of who we are and how we regard ourselves" ("4 Major Arguments against Genetic Modification of Humans"). The diversity and uniqueness in the world would disappear because the idea of cloning creates an abundance of exact copies of people. There would be no identity in the world, it would be lacking those certain individuals who go above and beyond in what they do and stand out in the world. It also takes away the authenticity of life. There would be no more special bonds between the parents and their offspring. It’s those kinds of things that give the world its meaning and if they get taken away it can ruin the atmosphere of things forever. Also these clones would never be taught the certain lessons that are needed in order to prosper in their lifetime. Lots of businesses and major companies will shut down because they government is only going to train people to work in jobs that are necessary to keep the world running. The amount of factory workers will increase drastically to ensure the highest production of goods. All of the special, non-office jobs will go away and even the professional sports teams will disappear because they won't be needed anymore. Genetically modifying organisms will be the ultimate downfall of our society as we know it. Things would never be the same if it happened.

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