Seminar Self Assessment
BNW Seminar Reflection
- The most interesting topic that our seminar discussed was the subject of what true happiness is. And we said that you can’t have true happiness without sadness. In BNW we all concluded that they are not really happy but not sad but in the middle. And we were saying that happiness is a delusion and distracts us from reality. I have to say I disagree with this because I think happiness is a transition from having pain to not.
- On page 235 first paragraph it says, “People believe in God because they’ve been conditioned to believe in God.” Although this is usually true I have to disagree with it. Although people who are conditioned to believe in God with most people they lose their conditioning which is their parents and take ownership over what they believe. I can say this because it has happened to me. I think this would have made the seminar better because a lot of people are hard minded with this topic and it would lead to good debate and give a chance to decrease the predigest with people who believe in God.
- The thing I was most proud of during seminar was when I said the conversation mover whether BNW was a utopia or a dystopia. Personally Brave New World is neither a utopia nor a dystopia because it’s not perfect. Having no true happiness and it is not fair for the lower castes that they get stupefied. Its not a dystopia because in order to have a dystopia you need a utopia.
“People Believe in God Because They are Conditioned to Believe in God”
Brave New World is a book about a bizarre utopian world. In it, a man named John has been isolated from this perfect society when suddenly, he is exposed to the surreal reality that the rest of the world is experiencing. As you follow John through Brave New World many of us could say it is not truly a so called perfect world but a dystopia. In the book no one is born naturally but born in factories. In their society people are separated into castes which do different things to keep their society stable. There are the Alphas, the highest caste; Betas, Deltas, Gammas, and then Epsilons the lowest caste which does the menial work. When children are in their early stages of growth the factories condition them to fit their qualities of their caste. Many of these qualities are quite strange and do not fit to our social norms.
Brave New World intertwines a wonderful plot that mixes a strange utopia with an array of interesting and weird things that I found very interesting. In addition, the book manages to highlight a variety of pertinent and profound ideas that left a mark in my thinking. For example, how religion is depicted in the book and how it is relevant to Brave New World will be the focus of my essay.
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