Welcome back Class and followers, this week we read up on chapters 6 to 9 of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. This week we primarily followed the characters of Bernard, Lenina who travel into the savage lands. There we meet John who comes from the savage lands. Just like Bernard John is an outsider and doesn’t find much happiness in the world he lives. Johns mother shows that she is in fact very sad without all of the comforting aspects of her home in London. In this part of BNW we are shown that many of the characters use Drugs(soma and alcohol),and religion in order to cope with reality.

I first noticed Soma as a substance abuse issue in chapter six when Bernard shows Lenina the open sky. Being isolated and alone allows Bernard to reflect on his feelings on being isolated and alone. Lenina responds to Bernard’s feelings with “why you don’t take Soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours. You’d forget all about them. And instead of feeling miserable, you’d be jolly,”(pg91). This view on how to handle your personal issues is clearly substance abuse.  Lenina expects Bernard to block his problems instead of learning to deal with them. This drug abuse helps them view their home as perfect utopia since it alters their sense of reality, because of this i could argue that Lenina might in fact be a Soma addict.

But addiction doesn’t only happen in the new civilized world. When we get to the Savage lands we meet Johns mother Linda, a Beta minus who was left stranded there. John retells the story of his upbringing where we see Linda receiving a gourd of Mescal. Linda describes it as” It ought to be called Soma; only it made you feel ill afterwards”(pg118). Its shown that Linda soon began drinking most of the time. Linda uses mescal in order to escape and deal with harsh non tech society. It seems that in both societies each character uses some kind of drug to escape their problems.

John’s religious attitude helps him cope with the world he doesnt understand. As a boy from the savage lands with ties to the more advanced world he is constantly isolated. John results in feeling unhappy and therefore practices religious traditions like “I stood againsta rock in the middle of the day, in summer, with my arms out, like Jesus on the cross”(pg128). John does this practice in order to cope with his mood.

What I find most interesting is that these two world vary so much in technology and culture, yet still uses similar practices to cope with their daily lives. Drugs and religion is something that society uses in order to create peace and avoid negativity.