Brave New World 10: Where are we?
The novel is often held out as a cautionary tale of how society could fail, and a warning of what's happening in our own culture. Do you think that we're in danger of heading towards something like Brave New World? Is there too much emphasis on immediate gratification, conformity, and the suppression of difference? Is the current embracing of diversity just another element of instant gratification? (You can be whoever you want to be, so long as it's your personal choice and not wider than that.) Are Western metroplitans being treated like those in China, with great economic freedom in exchange for no political voice? Is the current rise of far-right movements, and their easy answers of blaming outsiders, another example of infantilisation of people?