So I borrowed this book from a friend earlier in the summer, and after I read it, I had to write down a few connection points. It’s an amazing book (although disturbing and sad), and it takes a look at a dystopian future where nobody cares to think for themselves anymore. Instead of like Orwell’s 1984, where people are controlled through fear and tyranny, Brave New World offers a much more frightening view: this society gives people exactly what they want, making them so content and drilling thoughts into their minds so that they don’t have to think.
So my thoughts on a single scene in Brave New World:
John, “The Savage”, after witnessing the death (and subsequent reaction by society) of his mother, stumbles across a man handing out soma (a drug) to a group of Deltas, the more stupid of society (lowest save Epsilons). He runs up to them and tries to stop them from taking the soma, throwing it out a window and shouting, “Freedom! Don’t you want to be free?” He was then gassed.
What I realized in this passage, while I was reading it, is that this is precisely what God – Jesus – did for us. We are stupid, stupid Deltas, conditioned by this world. We’re trapped by time, sin, and all of the other snares of this world and we’re apathetic, totally unable to see the entire picture. We only see this life, not the greater purpose.
But Jesus stands outside of us all and looks at us. He came into our world and spoke of freedom from our escapist soma of sin. But we still did not see. Like the Deltas, we converged on him and killed him, nailing our very Savior to a cross. But this is where Brave New World changes and diverges from the real story.
John ends up falling and sinning and, unable to live with himself any longer, he takes his own life. But John is no more than a human- he wasn’t the savior that the brave new world needed.
Jesus, fully God, never sinned, but rose again from the dead, shaking us from our horrifying apathy and harnessing our passions for His use. Although we are a body, we aren’t merely unthinking cells in the world’s organism. We are also individuals, built from the very beginning to be communal, forming lasting relationships with one another. We are the very inverse of Brave New World, with its anti-individualistic mentality and discouragement from true love and friendship. Love is everything that isn’t: selfless, sacrificing, deep, and dangerous.
“I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness.” -John, Brave New World
John relied on his own strength and ultimately failed, engulfed by the culture that he tried to escape. We must rely on the One who is never weary or tired, and who is all powerful, to give us our strength.
Read this: Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (http://www.huxley.net/bnw/, http://www.amazon.com/Brave-New-World-Aldous-Huxley/dp/0060850523/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316409320&sr=8-1)
Romans 6:1-14 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans%206&version=NIV)