“Modern teens are learning to do most their communication while looking at a screen.” (Child Mind Institute, 2015). Entertainment is making us passive and self-centered.
Our world and the World State is similar in many ways. Both worlds have corresponding practices and beliefs that define these similarities such as how technology is controls society, the separation of classes, and how the youth is conditioned. Although technology is relatively new in our world to say and in the new world is more advanced, technology is continuously growing with controlling power.
In the World State this is explained by the Director, “Ninety-six identical twins working ninety-six identical machines!” (Brave New World, page 7). This shows that this process of budding, or cloning, is being ran by workers using machinery that creates more of these identical workers. This is important because this whole process being controlled by this cloning machine to create more of these identical twins that will eventually repeat this process. In the real world we live in there is a similarity with people using these technological advances to create and produce more products that are sold or used. This is described by D. Douglas Klein, Union College, “Advances in artificial intelligence, as exemplified by the success of the IBM computer, Watson on the TV game show Jeopardy, driverless cars developed by Google, and smart systems that control urban traffic, illustrate the beginning of technologies that ‘think’.
” (Do We Control Technology or Does Technology Control Us?, 2012). This quote shows that there many different examples of these machines with improving intelligence that are growing in popularity across the country that keeps the world in motion. This is important because it relates to the New World because just like the budding machine, we rely on technology to assist us in our jobs and everyday life.
There is a reliance on these machines, without them many things would not be completed. Without the cloning machine the process has a chance of not being completed, or without the computer the world wouldn’t be as advanced as it is. In addition to these similar characteristics between worlds, there is an alignment between the separation of classes. Many people are oblivious to this inconspicuous line that sections off different people of different social statuses. There is roughly six social classes starting with poverty level and ending with the upper class.
Each of these classes experience many differences that separate them that is pointed out by “Social class is sometimes presented as a description of how members of the society have sorted themselves along a continuum of positions varying in importance, influence, prestige, and compensation. In these models, certain occupations are considered to be desirable and influential, while others are considered to be menial, repetitive, and unpleasant. (In some cases, non-occupational roles such as a parent or volunteer mentor, are also considered. Generally, the higher the ranking on such a scale, the higher the skill and education levels required to perform it.” (Social Class in the United States, 2017).
This quote is representing the awareness of these different classes and “rankings” that most people do not understand or care to understand the blatant truth. This is important because just like in our society there is a connection between the low and prestige classes. The relativism is illustrated by “Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they’re so frightfully clever. I’m really awfully glad I’m a Beta, because I don’t work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid.
They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki.” (Brave New World, page 27). This quote shows the fine line between each class and how a person of one class discriminates those of another.
This is significant because there is an analogy between these social statuses in our world and the World State with the higher classes being praised and the lower classes are considered the bottom of the bucket. These statuses are apart of many things that defines someone, even though our classes are not as sectioned as the World State, there is an obvious difference. This difference can range from jobs, to resources that are available to someone of a specific status. Equally to the social statuses, everyone is conditioned in a certain way to follow through with societal norms. People have been taught what is “normal” since they were kids.
It is not always a bad thing but everyone’s ethical judgments is different. In the New World State this is expressed by ” I suppose Epsilons don’t really mind being Epsilons.”Of course they don’t. How can they? They don’t know what it’s like being anything else. We’d mind, of course. But then we’ve been differently conditioned.
Besides, we start with a different heredity.”I’m glad I’m not an Epsilon.’ ‘And if you were an Epsilon, your conditioning would have made you no less thankful that you weren’t a Beta or an Alpha.'”(Brave New World, page 74). This quote shows how the Epsilons, along with the other classes, are aimed to thinking they are only subjected to the knowledge of their class which is the norm in this world.
This is important because it bridges the World State to our world and how the teaching trains our minds to think and believe in a certain way. Although our reality does not restrict knowledge as strict as the World State, there is still a similarity explained by, “We live in an addictive society where money and possessions are acceptable sins. We live more for the satisfaction of having, for power, influence, or control, and for the fame they give us with the “right” people.” (The Big Book of Presbyterian Stewardship, page 22). This quote explains how these materialistic things have become necessities to us. This is important because it just proves how people have been conditioned to think.
It surrounds us and fills our minds with these beliefs and restricts some minds to be inclosed to these expectations. This is intertwined with the New World because both worlds have been surrounded by these normal characteristics of each society, it has swarmed the mind producing people to be conditioned this way. To conclude, there is a relationship between both realities of the New World and our world. Both worlds have become similar more and more as one advances into the modern creation of the world. The connection between the way citizens of each society are conditioned, the reliance of technology along with its controlling nature, and the disengagement of each class provides minutiae to why both worlds are comparable to one another.
With this information, can you define the similarities between the citizens of each world?