The article “Escaping or Embracing Life” and the book “Brave New World” both go over the dystopian element of escaping the problems of the “real world”. In “Brave New World”, society consistently takes a drug called Soma. This drug brings happiness and comfort to them. It allows them to “take a holiday from reality” whenever they’d like. Huxley, the author of BNW, is pointing out the statement of escaping from the world. Why does society feel the need to take this drug and escape life, when their world is already “perfect”? When people are unhappy or feel like they can’t control their lives, all they have to do is take Soma and everything becomes better. Huxley is explaining how the use of drugs contributes to happiness. If the society in BNW needs to take Soma in order to be happy, the world they live in is indeed broken. In “Escaping or Embracing Life”, the society is “wishing life could be a vacation paradise forever”. The article reveals that taking a break from the stressors in life is good. However, if people are just continually wanting to escape, no one is embracing life. This leads to drug addictions, that allow people to escape. The article states that “many believe happiness is around the corner, and they never turn that corner”. Life today seems to be split between two sides- those who embrace life, and those who escape it. It is nice to take vacations once and a while. It allows people to feel that they are not restrained and can take stress off of them. It causes them to embrace life. On the other side of this argument, taking too many of these vacations can lead to the escape of life. It is up to society to decide whether we should embrace the good and the difficult times or escape them.