Th, June 2nd–Humanities

HW: Prepare for the BNW test on Tuesday.

Let’s start with a quote:

John: “But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

“In fact,” said Mustapha Mond, “you’re claiming the right to be un-
happy.”

“All right then,” said the Savage defiantly, “I’m claiming the right to be
unhappy.”

“Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right
to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right
to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may
happen to-morrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured
by unspeakable pains of every kind.” There was a long silence.
“I claim them all,” said the Savage at last.

Mustapha Mond shrugged his shoulders. “You’re welcome,” he said.

Which side are you on?

 

Then, we’ll answer questions from chapters 7-9 and 10-13.

Next, I’d like to talk Propaganda. In small groups, use the techniques of propaganda to convince society of one of the following ideas. Create a :30 radio ad that will broadcast continuously.

(from Mustafa Mond’s Department of of Propaganda at Mr. Moshe’s class website)

  • Shop ’til You Drop Subdepartment:
    You are responsible for promoting the idea that an increase in production and consumption lead to happiness and virtue.  Newer is better!  More is best!  Old is horrid!
  • Better Living Through Test Tubes Subdepartment
    Everyone belongs to everyone else!  And all have a role and a function in society.  Everyone has to do their part!  To understand and act on this is to be happy and to live healthily.  One cannot be reminded of this long enough – or forget the ugliness, squalor, and irrationality of the old family-model based on [sic] “parents”!
  • Never a Dull Moment Subdepartment
    Whether it be the Obstacle Golf, Orgy Porgy, or the Feelies, a normal person just wants to have non-stop 24-7 fun!  Sensory stimulation is the highest pursuit of the best form of happiness.  Don’t be the last to indulge in the latest greatest amusement!  And let’s all do it TOGETHER!
  • Happiness is a Pill Subdepartment
    Feeling a bit under the weather?  Gloomy thoughts clouding your day?  Take a Soma vacation! Pop a pill(s) and kiss those rain clouds good-bye.  Relief is just a dose away! What are you waiting for?  TAKE IT NOW!

 

Finally, we’ll talk caste systems. In small groups, do we have a caste system in the US? How many castes? Who is at the top? the middle? the bottom? How do we know who is who and why? What power do people have to move between castes?

If we have time, we’ll talk about Bostrom’s Fable of the Dragon next.

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