Community, Identity & Stability Quote in Brave New World

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  • 0:01 The Motto in Brave New World
  • 0:57 The Emphasis on Community
  • 1:34 The Emphasis on Identity
  • 2:45 The Emphasis on Stability
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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In 'Brave New World' by Aldous Huxley, the motto of the World State is 'COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.' In this lesson, we will learn more about what this means.

The Motto in Brave New World

Do you live by a motto or code? What motto do you think would fit your own community or country? In Brave New World, the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley, the engineered people live by the words: 'Community, Identity, Stability.'

We are introduced to this motto in the second sentence of the book. The first describes a building, then, 'Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.'

The center of activity for the World State, the name for the society, is the Hatchery and Conditioning Center where people are mass produced and predestined into the role that will best serve their community under this motto. Let's learn more about the role this motto plays word for word.

The Emphasis on Community

Great lengths are taken to develop a sense of community among the people in the World State: 'We have the World State now. And Ford's Day celebrations, and Community Sings, and Solidarity Services.' Each of these events are designed to evoke a sense of loyalty towards the caste to which the citizen belongs and to the greater society.

The Arch-Community-Songster of Canterbury is similar to an arch-bishop in the Catholic church to monitor community services. Ultimately, 'everyone belongs to everyone else' in the World State. Emotions are limited because, 'When the individual feels, the community reels.'

The Emphasis on Identity

Identity is predestined based on the needs of the community. During the incubation period, an embryo is identified as male, female, or freemartin. A freemartin is a female embryo who has been pumped full of male hormones; therefore, it is sterile and has some masculine traits. Intelligence levels are determined based on caste through various levels of oxygen deprivation to the fetus. Size, stature, and physical strength are determined through the application of growth hormones. Conditioning begins before birth with preferences to heat and cold, and continues through infancy through Pavlovian training using electric shock therapy to develop likes and dislikes that will serve the community.

Through childhood and adolescence, hypnopaedia, or recorded repetitions played under their pillow at night, is used to teach the social identity and moral code of the community. If by chance, a person becomes 'too self-consciously individual to fit into community-life,' they are sent away where their thoughts and feelings will not affect the greater community. Thanks to predestination, 'You really know where you are. For the first time in history.'

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