Brave New World: Huxley Predicted Many Events of the Future


Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World out of fear of society\'s apparent lack
of morals and corrupt behaviour during the roaring twenties. Huxley believed
that the future was doomed to a non-individualistic, conformist society, a
society void of the family unit, religion and human emotions. Throughout the
novel, Huxley predicts many events for the future, most of which concentrate on
a morally corrupt society. The most important of these predictions include:
greater sexual freedom, over-population, brain-washing/sleep-teaching, and the
use of mind altering drugs. Aldous Huxley\'s Brave New World warns of a
possible future dystopia, based on social attitudes and medical advancements of
his time.

Huxley\'s future dystopia is created largely by perverted sexual
freedoms, which in turn cause corrupt individuals, entirely lacking ethics and
morals. Sexual promiscuity appears to be a much more frequent activity now
then it was in the Thirties. Critics blame "...the advent of the pill for
declining morality and indiscriminate sexual activity." Many believe that each
time medicine reduces the risk of unwanted diseases and pregnancies, society,
on the whole, will increase its sexual activity. Huxley\'s prediction of
promiscuity is based on his iron law of sexuality:
"As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends
compensatingly to increase." A current example of Huxley\'s belief is China.
China is the last remaining communist regime, it also suffers from having one
fifth of the world\'s population within its borders. Needless to say, China\'s
large population is a direct result of a very sexually active society. Aldous
Huxley\'s fears of the future caused him to write about sexual freedom and the
resulting over-population in Brave New World.

Over-population is another problem which is addressed by Huxley, and
is the direct result of sexual freedom. The fear which Huxley addresses
concerning population control is: "Food supplies cannot grow as fast as people
can, and population growth in underdeveloped countries will jeopardize the
world order." Simply stated the growing population of earth will consume more
than it will be able to produce, unless some form of regulating births can be
created. This is an obvious truth today, as millions of people are starving
each day. The brave new world that Huxley speaks of, is a warning to mankind
concerning its destruction of the laws of nature. For example, marriage is
forbidden, as well as, pregnancies, and mothers are non-existent because
possible children result in abortion.

In Brave New World over-population is solved by society\'s ability to
produce as many or as few humans as are necessary to keep the population at
equilibrium. The solution is test-tube babies or "bottled babies" as they are
referred to in the book. Effective birth control of such a large population is
difficult to achieve, especially in a society where people are encouraged to be
sexually active with numerous partners. Today, the world is facing over-
population head on, with mixed results. Abortions are not readily accepted by
most, and birth control in third world countries is virtually impossible.
Huxley realizes the problem with mass birth control, and solves it by making
seventy percent of the female population sterile, while only thirty percent of
the women remain fertile. By leaving thirty percent of the women fertile,
Huxley is able to show that even though birth control on a large scale is
difficult, it is possible to achieve. Through the religious use of
contraceptives, pregnancies rarely occur, however, when a pregnancy does occur
it results in an immediate abortion. Huxley\'s fear of over-population and the
control of so many people is an obvious concern which comes to light in Brave
New World.

Brain-washing is suggested by Aldous Huxley in the form of manipulating
individuals, rather than the masses. While brain-washing and sleep-teaching are
different (the former being done while the subject is awake, and the latter
being done while the subject is asleep), both methods employed by Huxley, act
upon the subconscious to obtain the same final results. Prior to Brave New
World, Huxley researched the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov and his
experiments on dogs. The Pavlovian dog was subjected to highly stressful
conditions, this was done to teach the dog how to react to certain stimuli.
The end results of these tests were dogs who had been broken, became mentally
insane. Prime human examples are the veterans of the world wars, where victims
became incapacitated from intense stress and fear (known as "shell shock").
Huxley suggests that teaching under such stressful conditions can also be
considered torture (in its most refined state). Huxley once wrote, "The
effectiveness of political and religious propaganda depends upon the methods
employed, not upon the doctrines taught."