Soma (Brave New World)

All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.” That’s what they say about Soma in the brave new world of 632 After Ford…

…although you and I might think of it as 2540 CE, 608 years after the first Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line. In that time, the legends of Henry Ford and Sigmund Freud have become one, and this composite figure is the state religion, or at least, focus of veneration.

Because as the tag line suggests, the real state religion in Soma, a mild euphoric and hallucinogen with no particular side effects whose effects are likened to going on a holiday to the emotionally deadened, caste-bred citizens of the one world government future. Soma is the sovereign remedy for doubt, confusion and all other forms of upset, a tranquilising trip that helps to maintain the conformity that society so desperately needs.

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