Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World Spirituality Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Part.Paragraph)
"There was a thing, as I've said before, called Christianity."
"The ethics and philosophy of under-consumption…"
"So essential when there was under-production; but in an age of machines and the fixation of nitrogen—positively a crime against society." (3.200-4)
This statement is basically a less explicit form of Mustapha's later claim that "God isn't compatible with machinery."
"All crosses had their tops cut and became T's. There was also a thing called God."
"We have the World State now. And Ford's Day celebrations, and Community Sings, and Solidarity Services." (3.206-8)
Mustapha and the other World Controllers have tried to isolate what they consider the purpose of religion (comfort, community, rites) from the process of religion (suffering, questioning, striving, betterment).
Alternate Thursdays were Bernard's Solidarity Service days. After an early dinner at the Aphroditzeum (to which Helrnholtz had recently been elected under Rule Two) he took leave of his friend and, hailing a taxi on the roof told the man to fly to the Fordson Community Singery. The machine rose a couple of hundred metres, then headed eastwards, and as it turned, there before Bernard's eyes, gigantically beautiful, was the Singery. Flood-lighted, its three hundred and twenty metres of white Carrara-surrogate gleamed with a snowy incandescence over Ludgate Hill; at each of the four corners of its helicopter platform an immense T shone crimson against the night, and from the mouths of twenty-four vast golden trumpets rumbled a solemn synthetic music. (5.2.1)
The religious implications here are clear; this is the World State's replacement for religious service. The fact that it ends up being a narcotic-filled orgy is clear evidence that spirituality has been utterly perverted in this new world.