Brave New World Quote Paper


Final Draft of Quote Paper

posted Jun 8, 2010, 7:23 AM by Olivia Couture

"Civilization is sterilization." - One of Society's teachings in Brave New World.

    What Lenina means by this is, "uncivilized" people and cultures are dirty and diseased. She has been taught that cleanliness is next to Fordliness. Whereas Bernard looks at the same teaching and is disgusted. In his mind, when you civilize a culture or people, you literally sterilize the whole culture. You drain all of the color and joy out of it. I agree with Bernard's take on the quote. 
    Domestication is the definition of civilization in my mind. When you pull a being so far away from its original connection to its instincts, you are condemning that being to an unhappy and unfulfilled life. This has happened with many species of domestic animals. Some dogs and cats never go outside. They are meant to be the most fearsome predators on the face of the earth. Yet they have been pulled from those connections, so that humans could "have" one as a pet and be able to pet it and have their hand intact for the rest of their lives. Civilization is just a prettier word for domestication.
    In our world like in Brave New World, civilization also means literally sterilizing women and men so that they can't have offspring. This has happened in Vermont. There was a campaign called the eugenics program that sterilized Abenaki women and other native peoples around the U.S. and Europe. This campaign  was greatly supported by the dominant community in those areas. Of course, the supporters were all people outside of the Abenaki culture. The same thing happened when Columbus thought that he had found gold. The explorers and conquistadors that came after him, imprisoned a whole race of people for the greater good of Europe. It turns out, many of the imprisoned people committed suicide because they were forced into another kind of society, greed. Instead of going to every individual and sterilizing them, Columbus and the colonists after him wiped the earth clean of a contaminated race, all in one sweep of a sterile towel.
    In Brave New World there is an image of the perfect citizen. To them it is the promiscuous individual that is obedient and doesn't think for themselves. In our society, some of the images are the same. Sexuality is a big part of being perfect. Of course, it is to a lesser extent than in Brave New World. For the young women in our society the image is very exact, and if you don't perfectly fit the mold, you're an outcast.  This image is very apparent in our society today. To me, the image consists of a slim and muscular body, curves (but not too many), and of course long, shiny, wavy hair. You also should wear a lot of makeup. I personally have seen some of my closest friends turn into that image over a couple of weeks. The greater majority of humanity have always followed an image and strived to be beautiful by someone else's standards. By having a image, you are wiping all of the other options out of the picture. Individualism is something that doesn't exist in a civilized society.
    Civilization of a culture means sterilization. This can happen in many ways, from converting to another religion, to literally sterilizing a woman of a certain race. If you civilize a culture you eliminate a piece of the world. Today, the world is less colorful than it was hundreds of years ago. To put the color back into the cultures that are still surviving, we need to keep an open mind when we lean from them. Civilization comes from a close minded, dominate person or culture, and leads to people becoming blank faced robots. Even though a culture is sterilized, you still have little to big revolts, that turns the culture closer to where it came from. For example; Martin Luther King Jr., would not stand for the sterilization of the African American  race. 

First Draft of Quote Paper

posted Jun 8, 2010, 7:21 AM by Olivia Couture

"Civilization is sterilization." - One of Society's teachings in Brave New World.

    What Lenina means by this is, "uncivilized" people and cultures are dirty and diseased. She has been taught that cleanliness is next to Fordliness. Whereas Bernard looks at the same teaching and is disgusted. In his mind, when you civilize a culture or people, you literally sterilize the whole culture. You drain all of the color and joy out of it. I agree with Bernard's take on the quote. 
    Domestication is the definition of civilization in my mind. When you pull a being so far away from its original connection to its instincts, you are condemning that being to an unhappy and unfulfilled life. This has happened with many species of domestic animals. Some dogs and cats never go outside. They are meant to be some the most fearsome predators on the face of the earth. They have been pulled from those connections, so that humans could "have" one as a pet and be able to pet it and have their hand intact for the rest of their lives. Civilization is just a prettier word for domestication.
    Civilization also means literally sterilizing women and men so that they can't have offspring. This has happened in Vermont. There was a campaign to sterilize Abenaki women and it was greatly supported. Of course, the supporters were all people outside of the Abenaki culture. The same thing happened when Columbus thought that he had found gold. He imprisoned a whole race of people for the greater good of Europe. It turns out, all of the imprisoned people committed suicide because they were forced into another kind of society, greed.
    Civilization also comes with an ideal image that everyone should look like. This image is very apparent in our society today. To me, the image consists of a slim and muscular body, curves (but not too many), and of course long, shiny, wavy hair. You also should wear a lot of makeup. I personally have seen some of my closest friends turn into that image over a couple of weeks. The greater majority of humanity have always followed an image and strived to be beautiful by someone else's standards.
    The sterilization of a culture can be in many ways, from converting to another religion, to literally sterilizing a woman of a certain race. If you civilize a culture you eliminate a piece of the world. Today, the world is less colorful than it was hundreds of years ago. To put the color back into the cultures that are still surviving, we need to keep an open mind when we lean from them. Civilization comes from a close minded, dominate person or culture.

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