Humanity is a vessel of creation; its limitations defined only by the extent of its imagination. To wield such power can be viewed as both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, our ability to bring beauty and meaning to the complexity of life is a gift which we should eternally be grateful for. On the flip side, we must face the fact that our comprehension of existence will likely never be complete. We are prone to mistakes and in turn we must be willing to take responsibility for them.
In Aldous Huxley’s novel “Brave New World”, we are taken to a time that has experienced mistakes; a future where humanity has taken every precaution in protecting themselves from the unpredictable. The intoxication of purely existing has now been replaced by an onslaught of sensory delights. Civilians have become settled into a routine regiment of sex, drugs and obstacle golf; all of which are institutionalized by the World State government who presides over them. As a result, the people of this world have been reduced to a near infantile state of mind and activity. Each day they are guided from the workplace to the Fordson Community Singery, from the Singery to the feelies, and from there, back home to indulge in the next carnal pleasure of the moment. Despite a few slight variations, this is essentially a “rinse and repeat” situation for each consecutive day. Once Huxley has fully shaped the constructs of this society, it has become painfully clear that its people no longer realize their creative potential. They are but enthusiastic cogs in the “Community, Identity, Stability” machine; forever doomed to sustain their own blissful ignorance.
If there could remain one beacon of light for these hopeless masses, it would manifest itself in John the Savage. He is a character who refuses to accept the so called benefits of World State society, adamantly casting away the temptations of a soma holiday, or even Lenina’s seductive advances. By sealing his own fate at the novel’s end, he remains the one true piece of resistance; perhaps even a martyr for humanities sake. Huxley knows that John’s choice may not impact the fictional world he was apart of, but the message may reach the consciousness of his readers. The message being that humanity is worth fighting for, even in the face of insurmountable odds similar to what John faced. If were to give in, then we may be lost forever….. never to create again.