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 onsocial 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 ethicsand morals. Sexual promiscuity appears to be a much more frequent activity now then it was in the Thirties.
Critics blame “. . . the advent of the pillfor 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 addressesconcerning 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 regulatingbirths 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 populationat 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 areencouraged 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 birthcontrol 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-teachingare 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