Apocalypse:A Revelation of an Uncomfortable Truth
Theapocalypse originated from Greek mythology and it depicted therevelation of new knowledge. In religious circles, the apocalypse isthe unveiling of some hidden truth or facts. The modern societybelieves in both definitions of the apocalypse. The text ‘A Bravenew world’ by Huxley was about the start of new forms of knowledge.The text talked about the beginning of new forms of humanity, wherefertilization can now take place outside the human body. Thisknowledge has been received in a different light by the new world andthe idea of the text was to create an in- depth knowledge about theprocess of test tube fertilization.
Thegoal of test tube fertilization is not to replace naturalfertilization, but to improve society. The practice is guided by thephilosophical principle of making the society happy. Although somepeople may disagree with the practice as being unnatural, it has cometo the rescue of many members of the world, who are unable toconceive naturally. The philosophical purpose of intellectualknowledge is to improve society through bringing happiness (Huxley6). The students thus were learning a new skill that would bring joyto many people in the world. The process is voluntary and it is donefor the purpose of improving society.
Theova and the sperms are stored in cold rooms so as to keep them alive.The ova are stored at body temperature so as to keep them alive. Thesperms are, however, stored at a temperature of thirty five degreesbecause they get fertilized at body temperature. The ovum is kept atan optimum temperature and salinity so as to stay alive. The eggs arekept in a liquor solution for preservation purposes. Once in thelaboratory, they are inspected for any abnormalities. A healthy ovumis immersed in a bouillon of sperms (Huxley 7). Each bouillon has aconcentration of one hundred thousand spermatozoa per cubiccentimeter. The purpose is to increase chances of fertilization.
Thetubes containing ova are dipped in the bouillon for an average of tenminutes and then examined. If any ovum is not fertilized, the tube isdipped again until all are fertilized. The fertilized are stored forthirty six hours after which they are taken through the Bokanovsky’sProcess. Under normal circumstances, one ovum is fertilized by onesperm and it becomes one adult. However, under the Bokanovsky’sProcess, the ova buds, proliferates and divides from eight to aboutninety- six buds (Huxley 8). Each bud grows into a normal embryowhich becomes a healthy adult. This is new knowledge and revelation,which helps grow ninety six human beings in a situation where onewould initially grow.
Embryosthat grow from the Bokanovsky’s Process go through a series ofchecks as they grow and research shows that they all end up beingnormal. Once the ova are fertilized, they are put in test tubes andthey are taken through x- rays for about eight minutes, which is theaverage time that an egg can withstand x- rays. Some eggs die whentaken through the x- rays but the majority survive and divide. Thisfollows natural selection, where only the fittest survive (Huxley10). After this process, they are returned to the incubators wherethey continue developing into normal human beings. After two days,they are put in alcohol where they keep budding and they areburgeoned so as to further divide. This is how one ovum ends up beingninety- six buds.
Theprocess thus produces ninety six identical twins. The advantage isthat this brings stability to society. The process ensures that thereis common identity and way of thinking. The process of massproduction and stability in production is thus a reality in biologyand this is a revelation that may be uncomfortable for the society.The new knowledge accelerates the process of ripening of an ovum andthis reduces the time meant to stabilize an ovum from thirty years totwo years (Huxley 11). The process allows for quick and stablecreation of many identical people over a short period.
Theprocess of developing children in the laboratory meant that thelaboratory workers determined how each embryo would be socialized bygiving them different levels of oxygen and genetic material. Thismeans that the staff determined the caste in which a person wouldgrow belongs. This was also a way of imitating nature, whichdetermines what roles different people play in society. The identicaltwins have the same genetic makeup meaning that they will developalong the same lines due to similar mental capacities (Huxley 13).The manufactured human being must, therefore, be grouped intodifferent mental capacities so as to ensure there is no excess supplyof people who do certain things and a shortage in another area.
Thenext area of triumph would be to shorten the maturation age of humanbeings to become like that of animals. This was meant to improve theage at which human beings become useful members of the society. Thecomparison is with cows, which start reproducing and producing milkat young ages and they are thus beneficial to the society. Humanbeings, on the other hand, take long to become sexually active andeven longer to become mature adults (Huxley 27). A human being thustakes too long being dependent on others and not adding value. Theresearch is thus interested in shortening the maturity period so asto reduce that period of dependence and make human beings usefulmembers of the society within a short period. This cycle shortens thelife cycle of a human being, like that of an animal like a cow.
Thepurpose was to create a human being of identical nature and produceenough people who would serve in different capacities within thesociety. This would create an identical society with differentcapacities and thus, shortage of conflict of interest. The humanbeings would occupy different levels of society and there would beharmony as they are programmed to be at different levels and there isno desire to be more than what one is programmed (Huxley 58). Thehuman beings would also be insulated against different problems insociety, making them safe from natural problems.
Inconclusion, the process of fertilization has evolved over the yearsand its main purpose is to bring happiness to human beings andimprove humanity. The Bokanovsky’s Process is a laboratory processin which a single fertilized ovum is budded into ninety- sixidentical human beings for purposes of stability. The purpose is toreduce human conflict and improve cohesion and stability. TheBokanovsky’s Process takes place in the laboratory under controlledcircumstances so as to bring out the best result. This is newknowledge, which may be uncomfortable due to the unnatural systemused.
Huxley,Aldous Leonard. BraveNew World. UnitedStates: IDPH, n.d. Web.