Essay about Aldous Huxley’s opinion of a utopian

Submitted By Kcorletto
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Aldous Huxley’s opinion of a utopian world is clearly presented in his novel, “Island”. In his novel, he depicts a near perfect world on the island of Pala. The society of the Palanese, is created on the basis that a more simplistic way of life can be executed through minimizing society’s issues. This ideology emphasizes humans potential. Huxley gives Pala the characteristics of what he believes is a perfect world. It is obvious that he believes humans can achieve a perfect world through spirituality. In Pala, people have complete freedom of how to live their lives. For example, sexual expression is very important in Pala. It is emphasized that all individuals should express their sexuality freely. In other words, anyone in Pala can sleep with each other, and no one will be looked down upon or criticized. Even though this may sound odd to us, Pala views sexual freedom as an outlet to prevent feeling additional frustration. Pala views individuals as for who they are, disregarding sex or gender. Love in Pala has no restrictions, including age, gender, and even number of people. This is because in Huxley’s opinion, love and sexuality should occur between whoever the individual desires. Pala believes that one’s love should be genuine for another individual, so much that if their lovers are happier with someone else, they should happily accept it. Huxley’s idea that children learn most through the people that nurture them, is shown through Pala’s MAC program. The first people he meets from Pala, the two children, firmly believe in this program. Through MAC, children have the freedom to interchange parents whenever they want. This helps the child to learn different upbringings through different parents, eventually serving as an advantage for the child. In Huxley’s opinion, a more open society ultimately creates a more nurturing and serene environment. The Palanese society is centered among the philosophy that one should accept and live by what is given to them and embrace it. The birds from Pala, called mynahs, constantly remind the community to live for what they have. In order to help the community accept the society they live in, they are given moksha medicine. On page 157, Huxley states that the medicine helps users, “catch a glimpse of the world as it looks to someone who has been liberated from his bondage to the ego.” In other words, moksha gives the individual an ideal calm and ultimately, acceptance of their way of life. Children are also given pills, if they demonstrate personalities that aren’t ideal or “good” for society. Even though medication is used often in Pala, “word therapy” is used just as much. Farnaby practiced word therapy with Susila after he was injured. In Pala, it is believed that the healing of one self is better than the healing due to medication. In order to maintain the population in Pala, individuals are very encouraged to use contraception’s. In fact, fees for contraception’s are withheld from the Palanese’ people. Materials are equally