“In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.”
While we should not ignore the problems we do have, we should also not ignore the means that have given us the exponential improvements we have enjoyed. Jonah Goldberg in The Suicide of the West emphasizes that human progress is neither natural or inevitable.