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Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

The people are also scheduled to attend Solidarity Services every two weeks at which they make ˘the sign of the T÷ (Huxley, 60-62).

The Solidarity Services are a form of religious mass for the people of the State. They make absolutely clear that Huxley is trying to show the perversion of religion that would occur in a society in which individuality is evil and submission to the State is the religion. At BernardĂs Solidarity Service the people chant ˘I drink to my annihilation÷ as they take the drug soma (Huxley, 62). They are completely submitting themselves to their roles in the State as they sing ˘Ford, we are twelve; oh, make us one, Like drops within the Social River; Oh, make us now together run As swiftly as they shining Flivver÷ (Huxley, 63). Just as people today sign hymns in Church submitting themselves to GodĂs will, so the people of the State are submitting themselves to the StateĂs will. The soma and the music lets them reach a form of religious fervor that culminates in an excitement that is both sexual and ˘foetal÷ (Huxley 65).

Thus, Huxley attempts in Brave New World to demonstrate how religion would have to be perverted to exist in a world based entirely on science. There has always been a tension between religion and science, primarily because science seeks observable and provable answers for events and phenomena that religion declares to be solely the province of God. For example, people who believe the BibleĂs teachings that God created Adam and Eve in the likeness of todayĂs human beings resist the scientific theory that human beings evolved from single-celled organisms. As Mustapha Mond tells John the Savage, ˘God isnĂt compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness÷ (Huxley 180).

This incompatibility between God and universal happiness is another of the issues Huxley addresses through the use of his World State. Generally, science has n

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