In the article “The First Amendment in Schools: Resource Guide: Religious Expression in the Public Schools” by The NCAC and in “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, both writing go over the topic and idea of the dystopian element of independent thought and freedom being restricted. Church and religion in schools have started to become looked down on and in the book many people are trained to forgot religion and now worship Henry Ford and are forced upon it. The article explains what boundaries schools have about teaching religion. The article goes on with a list claiming all the don'ts, but right after contradicts most of the list by claiming, “This does not imply that the public schools may not teach about religion”. This means that in history you can refer to the bible and read it for literature etc. The article then go on and explain that for certain religion holiday we can have off. These holidays typically tend to be christian holidays like Easter and Christmas, but we don’t get certain jewish holidays or other religions off. This shows the dystopian element of restriction of other thought by only changing rules and opinions for certain holidays and religions. This goes against what the article says by not promoting any religion over any other, but by only giving off certain holidays and having certain books based off of certain religions in the curriculum makes it seem like there are better religions. The problem in this is that it's hard for people not to offend others with religion. There are many topics and debates that could be turned into a moral and religious debate and that is seen as unacceptable in the eyes of the school. What if a younger child was being bullied for being muslim and following their culture by wearing a hijab? Would a teacher be able to step in and talk about why the child is wearing the hijab or would the bullies just apologize for being mean? This relates to Brave New World in the eyes of John, after the death of his mother due to the overdose of soma she had, he began to see the wrongs of the society for himself. When he grew up on the Reservation he was raised that there was punishment for sin, in this case it was whipping, it was viewed as insane to the public, he was used as a public experiment. Before being sent The savage and Mustapha Mond were looking at bibles and holy books and Mond said, “ A whole collection of pornographic all books. God in the safe in ford on the shelves” (217). The thought of another religion being forgotten by a whole society shows how indivitality is shunned. Huxley wanted us as readers to realize that freedom of religion and worship is a right, and the thought of having that stripped away from us is seen as a scary affect to life. Therefore the end of his book he shows people rebelling against the fact that there is no diversity in religion, by John whipping himself as I said before, that being viewed by the public, he goes against his view because of the drug in society and hangs himself for all his bad doing in his eyes.
In the article “Wasting the Best and the Brightest: Alcohol and Drug Abuse on College Campuses” and in “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, both writing go over the topic and idea of the dystopian element of corporate control. Both being controlled society by drugs. IN BRave new world the people are thought to rely on soma, a drug that sedates you and makes you forget. In chapter 9 Lenina is so overwhelmed by life that she takes so much soma that last 18 hours, “.. she swallowed six half-gramme tablets of soma, ... embarked for lunar eternity. THis shows control by giving soma as the first result and only option when you seem to be a little stressed. Instead of facing her problems Lenina relies on the drug to help her escape and forget all of her troubles instead of facing them. THis becomes a problem and is seen as dystopian cause this drug is doing many things to her mind. The more you take it the more dependent you get. This is what the government wants, a society that revolves around this drug for “peace and comfort” when all it does is make you addicted and can be harmful. In the article by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., he explains and informs how student are becoming more dependent on drugs when they head off to college and how its a fun way to destress and hang out with friends. Like in Brave New World the children seem to depend on weed and alcohol for a good time. MEdia in today's society does show teenagers having fun at parties drinking and smoking, this isnt giving any good influence on any young children. In the article it gives stats on how many young students use and abuse drugs and alcohol, “Half of all full-time college students (3.8 million) binge drink, abuse prescription drugs and/or abuse illegal drugs. Almost 1 in 4 of the nation’s college students (22.9%, some 1.8 million) meet the medical criteria for substance abuse” This statistic seems almost scary and unlikely, but true with many of my peers at Maple Grove as well. Many shows that student my age are allowed to watch do advertise drugs in a positive way, for example That 70’s Show, The Breakfast Club, showing effects of drugs seem fun and not as dangerous as they truly are. The media has control over how people view certain substances, this can be an easy fix and is starting to come to an end as there are commercial laws with drugs and alcohol. In society both current and fictional, it is seen as bad to have substance abuse, but what are we doing to stop it. Find a way to stop the control before it becomes overwhelming for anyone to stop and fix.
The article “Engineering the Perfect Baby” and the novel “Brave New World” written by Aldous Huxley both to have on the dystopian idea of Technological Control. In the article it is talked about how scientists will now can edit the sperm or embryo after fertilized “everyone would want the perfect child” this is what they can now do with new technologies. Each baby would be personalized to each couple. The only benefit would be the idea of no diseases or future Alzheimer’s but for what cause? A mother and father should love their children despite everything else, and if you created your perfect baby would it even look related to the family? There is no say, this would lead to so many similar looking children in children that have parents that can afford the price, but then couldn’t that lead to bigger self esteem issues? With “Brave New World” the director has made all children in a factory. The director of the D.H.C has made a perfect view on people “Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do.” (27) In this society made by Huxley the harder you work the better you are so the Director makes these grey pants children for a “better society” but the dark pants were thrown to the side for 10x as much work. Working harder could be seen as being better in normal day society but do we want to live in a place we’re everyone is the same by classification and breezed to be perfect. When a perfect society has individuality and people who love each other for that. No more generations of engineering DNA, cause diversity and differences make a society and a community.