Purpose of the Solidarity Service in Brave New World

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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, old ways of thinking, like God and church, have been replaced with more progressive thoughts of Henry Ford and Solidarity Services. In this lesson, we will learn more about Solidarity Services.

Background to Brave New World

Everything about the World State has changed from the old ways, including religious practices. In this lesson, we will learn more about what happens at a Solidarity Service and why they are important.

'Community, Identity, Stability' are the most important ingredients of the World State. As with most cultures, religion plays a big part in the development of each of these things. However, traditional religion has been replaced. As described by Huxley, 'All crosses had their tops cut and became T's.' There used to be God and Heaven, but now Henry Ford and the mass-production of the Model-T is worshipped, and there are even Ford's Day celebrations. The community's identity is partly formulated through events like Community Sings and Solidarity Services, reinforcing societal stability.

What Is a Solidarity Service?

A Solidarity Service is an event that everyone must attend every other week. The Solidarity Circle consists of twelve people - six women and six men - alternating positions in a circle. The ceremony's goal is to join all twelve participants into one being.

The sign of the 'T' begins the service with beating drums and soft instrumental music playing in the background. After the singing of the first hymn, communion takes place with the passing of strawberry ice-cream soma, the society's wonder drug.

The soma cup is passed three times, with a hymn interspersed between each round. On the first round, as they raise the cup, each person states, 'I drink to my annihilation.' The second round's saying is, 'I drink to the Greater Being,' and the third time's is, 'I drink to the imminence of His Coming.'

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