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The Delusion Of Happiness In Brave New World And Canada

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Abraham Lincoln once said, “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Thus, implying happiness can be determined by ones mindset. However, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World creates a vision of a utopian society that achieves happiness by altering the mindset of its populace to believe they are happy. In a society depicting such a strange ideology of the future, people are no longer as happy as they make their minds up to be, but as happy as the government allows them to be. Canadians are repugnant to Huxley’s world despite the many similar issues between Canada and the New World State. The excessive use of chemicals, obsession with consumerism and illusion of happiness prove that the Canadian society is becoming increasingly similar to the Brave New World.
Chemicals are excessively used to achieve youth and happiness in both Brave New World and in Canadian Society. The prime example being the use of drugs to achieve a euphoric feeling and to escape something versus dealing with it in both societies. In Brave New World, Soma, a hallucinogenic drug, is a pertinent part of life that is a necessity to keep their world in order. When a member of society is unhappy, it is a natural instinct to consume soma. When Lenina is upset John does not join her after their date, Lenina thinks, “One gramme, she decided, would not be enough; hers had been more than a one-gramme affliction” (Huxley 171). Lenina uses soma to prevent unacceptable unhappiness in the Brave New World, as many Canadians use antidepressants as a simple fix to their unhappiness. The utilization and prescription of pharmacotherapy for depression has increased from 3.2 to 14.5 million between 1981 and 2000 in Canada (University of Toronto Magazine). Canada is becoming increasingly dependent on the use of drugs to find happiness much like Brave New World. The Brave New World relies on soma because they have no true means of joy in their lives. Thus, this increase in antidepressants is an alarming sign, proving Canada’s increasing similarities with the New World State. In addition to drugs, chemicals are constantly being used as a method of achieving youth and beauty in both worlds. The Brave New World has developed methods of staying young which the populace living in reservation do not have access to. Linda, only 40 is called a, “Monstrous practical joke” (Huxley 150) by her old, secret love Tomakin, as she has lived on the reservation for many years without chemicals to keep her ‘beautiful.' Comparatively, in Canada, cosmetics and surgery are becoming increasingly important to society. Between 2009 and 2010, there was a 14.1% increase in sales of beauty, cosmetics and perfume supplies versus the average 5.1% increase per year, despite the economic crises Canada was facing (Sales and Operating Revenues). Lastly, despite the increasing need for drug use in both civilizations the government is becoming increasingly apathetic. As evidence, when Linda returns from the...

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