Posted: August 6th, 2015
The essay is for the book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
Writing Task: “Community, Identity, Stability”
Core Question (Promp): Is social stability worth the price?
The motto of the World State depicted on the “Central London Hatchery and
Conditioning Centre” is “Community, Identity, Stability.” This is a statement
of values. Mustapha Mond says that sacrificing real feelings and emotional
attachments is the price the society has to pay for stability. Mond himself has
made sacrifices for the sake of social stability and uses his power to place limits
and controls on science and the arts if instability might result. Individuals who
threaten this stability are sent away to live on an island. What is the significance
of “community” and “identity” in this motto? And how are these related to the
stability of the individual? Of society?
Do you think that the sacrifices that the World State requires of its citizens are
a price worth paying to maintain social stability? To answer this question, go
through your reading notebook to find as much evidence as you can that the
World State insures that individuals are happy, productive, and compliant.
Analyze the positive and negative aspects of each of these practices. Then write
an essay arguing whether or not such social stability is worth the price the
World State is paying. Support your arguments with details from the book and
examples from our own world. http://somaweb.org/w/sub/BNW_CostOfStability.html
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