t culminates in an excitement that is both sexual and ˘foetal÷ (Huxley 65).
Thus, Bernard is thought ˘peculiar÷ because he feels his ˘separateness.÷ In the State, that feeling of individuality, of not being part of the ˘Greater Being÷ torments Bernard because he believes it makes him ˘isolated by reason of his unreplenished emptiness, his dead satiety÷ (Huxley 66). Natural things, too, are ˘horrible÷ in the World State. Bernard hovers his helicopter over the waves because the visible forces of nature make him feel ˘as though I were more me . . . not so completely a part of something else÷ (Huxley 69). But Lenina wants to turn on the radio; for her such talk is simply ˘horrible÷ (Huxley 69). As one literary scholar notes, Lenina is the norm, conditioned only to be comfortable among scientific, mechanical things (Cockshott 257). Nature, uncontrollable and apt to induce natural feelings of solitude and individuality, can only be ˘horrible.÷
Cockshott, Gerald. Studies in Aldous Huxley, Volume 2. Salzburg: Institut fur Anglistick und Amerikanistik, 1980.
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited. New York: Harper Row, 1960.
This incompatibility between God and universal happiness is another of the issues Huxley addresses through the use of his World State. Generally, science has no interest in the individual. Rather, science is concerned with large, evolutionary trends. In the same