brave new world

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.

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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)

4 comments on “brave new world

  1. Jose E. Oller says:

    Hello Kristen:

    Loved your comparison between Brave New World characters, and man, and Jesus. I did not read this book, but Aldous Huxley was quite a prominent author in the 60’s. Such irony i guess, that both he and C. S. Lewis would die the same day, as did John F. Kennedy. Huxley extolled the virtues of his favorite drug LSD and many pseudo-intellectual academics and young people fell to that drug with some insane and deprived notion that only if one was one of the intellectuals, poets, writers or artists could one understand their gibberish words and their dreadful dark and despondent self indulgent lives. As you probably already know, even on his death bed, as though Satan himself reached down to console him with his last depravity, Huxley begged and got his wife to inject him with a final dose of LSD. Then he died.

    I know that Academia just loves these kinds of authors. The more pathetic, dark, or lurid their lives are or were, the better. If they killed themselves, well…that was even better. Such is the spirit of Antichrist which I believe is alive and well and living in Academia.

    There was a point in my life that i realized that almost to a person, the lives of these poets, and writers and musicians and artists were inexorably intertwined with their work, and were a reflection of their miserable (not mystical) lives.

    Praise God for my salvation! Praise God for The Holy Spirit! Praise God that although I still have somewhat of a morbid curiosity, it no longer extends to the necessity of having to endure these authors and artists.

    I thank God for the discernment which is now yours, through the power of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord bless you, and guide you, and lead you and protect you, and may you be forever His joy.

    With much affection,

    Jose

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      Although many artists and authors are very troubled, I do think that they’re trying to get it and understand the meaning of life. I think that God shows even those who don’t know Him His truth, and even though they don’t quite get it, some of what they produce still points to God. It’s also a valid reason as a Christian to join that sort of field.
      And thanks, Mr. Oller! I really appreciate your comment. 🙂
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  2. kelly oneal says:

    This is an awesome and insightful post. I know it must be because there are parts I can’t understand. JK

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