Don’t you wish we had a drug like soma?
It’s like alcohol without the side effects. It’s an instant good mood, a cure for any negative emotion. It is a holiday in a bottle, with no consequences. And, in Brave New World, it is socially encouraged, accepted, expected.
"One cubic centimeter cures ten gloomy sentiments."
It’s an easy way to reset any bad day. It’s a way for people to stop feeling weary and tired and angry, and instead become cheerful, functional, and productive again.
“Punctured, utterly deflated, he dropped into a chair and, covering his face with his hands, began to weep. A few minutes later, however, he thought better of it and took four tablets of soma.”
Poof. The bad day is gone. The bad mood is melted away. He is “himself” again.
Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
So let me ask you, if soma were for sale today, would you take it?
What would you do to escape your bad days, your trials, your emotions?