The novel “A Brave New World” and the 2018 film “Ready Player One” both examine what happens when a population is disengaged by means that allow themselves to leave the less favorable factors of reality behind and how the public leaving reality behind is a double edged sword. Soma is a key component to life in World State and yet it creates “a quite impenetrable wall between the actual universe and their minds.” Citizens exist in a doped up state of being, questioning nothing about the reality of their world. The author of BNW, Huxley, is calling attention to the issue that avoiding reality only makes it harder to challenge the negative issues of society and the government knows this. Not wanting moral riots on their hands, they esured that their motives and methods would not be questioned by providing alternate realities: soma in BNW and the OASIS in RP1. These are simply “elaborate contraption[s] for deceiving...to live in a world that didn’t exist” and Huxley and Cline want their audience to realize that to live in something that doesn’t really exist, no matter how “terrifying and painful reality can be,” is no kind of life. They warn of becoming so subdued by imaginary happiness, that one may sacrifice and “[lose] who you are.” Their message is rather simple: Be present in your life, it’s the only one you have. Don’t waste it by chasing imaginary things and sacrifice reality for it.