Brave New World Smore
By John Chong
"One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them" - Mustapha Mond
When John Savage questions whether it is natural to “feel there’s a god” (Huxley 160), Mustapha Mond responds by saying that one does not just naturally believe things. He explains to John that everyone is conditioned to believe and that it isn’t natural to believe anything. This is very important in Brave New World because we are reminded of the conditioning that a majority of the characters have went through at birth and childhood when they make certain decisions and think certain thoughts. Conditioned beliefs may not seem very likely to apply to our world today, but they do apply and they are very real. Unlike Brave New World, however, we are conditioned not at birth but all throughout our lives. We are conditioned by society itself. Society as a whole tells us what to believe and how to believe and if anyone does not follow along, they are considered outcasts.
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