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INCOMPATIBILITY OF HAPPINESS AND TRUTH
Transcript of INCOMPATIBILITY OF HAPPINESS AND TRUTH
"It isn't only art that's incompatible with happiness; it's also science. Science is dangerous; we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled."
Brave New World, 231.
HAPPINESS A GOOD THING OR NOT?
"You've got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art. We've sacrificed the high art."
Brave New World, 226.
CONCEPT OF HAPPINESS
this is more a result of ignorance and blindness rather than a truly fulfilling sense of bliss. Because the state in “Brave New World“ has meticulously given consumption an almost holy significance, the culture that exists around it must accordingly be conducive to it.
EXPLAINING IDEAS OF HAPPINESS THROUGHT JOHN'S EYES
It is only through the character of John, who is most allied with our perception of reality, that the reader is able to discern how the ideas of consumption and utopia cannot be compatible. Through his eyes, it is possible to see how instead of creating happiness in “Brave New World“ by Huxley the combination of these two opposing forces breeds dependence and destroys the individual.
"...ACTUAL HAPPINESS ALWAYS LOOKS PRETTY SQUALID IN COMPARISON WITH THE OVERCOMPENSATION FOR MISERY...STABILITY ISN'T NEARLY SO SPECTACULAR AS INSTABILITY. AND BEING CONTENTED HAS NONE OF THE GLAMOUR OF A GOOD FIGHT AGAINST MISFORTUNE...HAPPINESS IS NEVER GRAND."
Acording to Mustapha Mond, you must sacrifice the truth to accomplish a happy mond monotonal society. Mustapha Mond knows that the truth is just caos, for example, taking all literature out, is something that technically is good, in that wy, people will just accept new thing and will never try to change it.
Knowing the truth, people will not accept a good and no problematic happiness. We can see that conception of happiness is not really something that can create something that will radically cahge the way of seeing this world.That's why John decide to just avoid all this new world and even takes his life ut, he realises that even if the truth is said, people will not change, thay will stay in that perfect world
"And that," put in the Director sententiously, "that is the secret of happiness and virtue— liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny."
HUXLEYS IDEAS IMPLEMETNING IN PRESENT SOCIETY
Huxley wanted to show us that if we continued to condition things that are necesarry in a concious and accepted society, we will create a world where nothing could be real and it will just be like libving in a dream. Maybe is a good thing but also we have to justify that a dream might be nice for a moment, reality allows us to understand and learn to survive in a wolrd full of good ad bad desitions.
MADE BY: JOSÉ MIGUEL PINTO, TOMAS POLIT, JOSÉ ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ & NICOLÁS ARGÜELLO