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Drugs, Alcohol and Happiness, oh my!

Drugs, Alcohol and Happiness, oh my!

The dystopian novel “Brave New World” and the article “Scientists Prove that Drinking Makes you Happy” both explore the dystopian element that society is an illusion of a perfect world. In Brave New World there is this drug called “soma” and it is used to make people of the society happy. Soma is known to always make things better and, “...there is always soma, delicious soma, half a gramme for a half-holiday, a gramme for a week-end, two grammes for a trip to the gorgeous East,” (55). The drug soma always seems to fix everything and tries to create this illusion of a perfect world. The society of After Ford is trying to have no suffering or problems and having this drug can cause happiness and perfection. People have been conditioned to believe that this drug is the only way they can achieve real happiness and perfection. In the article “Scientists Prove that Drinking Makes you Happy”, Scientists conduct an experiment trying to find results to the effect of alcohol on human happiness. They found out that, “happiness levels increase when people consume alcohol”. They also talk about how alcohol eases pain and of course without pain the world is a more perfect place. In the book they talk about using soma at family events and holidays which is similar to when we use alcohol to ease the pain of talking to some judging relatives. Alcohol and soma are very similar in the sense that they were both designed to make people happier. Everyone being happy makes for less pain and suffering. When there is no suffering or pain this can make for people to have the illusion of a perfect society, but in reality they are being brainwashed to think happy.

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