1984: A closer look

Written in 1949, George Orwell’s view of the future has proven to be almost eerily on target. From the omnipresent telescreen in our houses that now can listen, monitor, and influence what we think and desire (Think Alexa), to the ” Newspeak” of our days (think “Alternate Facts”)and the Ministry of Truth (think Fox News,)much of what he foresaw has come true. Think for a moment about the following excerpts from the book.

“People could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them. And they were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.”

“The Lottery, with its weekly payout of enormous prizes, was the only event to which the people paid serious attention. It was probable that there were millions of people for whom the Lottery was the principal, if not the only, reason for remaining alive.”

“At every few moments the fury of the crowd boiled over and the voice of the speaker was drowned by a wild, beastlike roaring that rose uncontrollably from thousands of throats.”

“War hysteria is continuous and universal in all countries. And such acts as reprisals against prisoners which extend even to boiling and burying alive are looked upon as normal, and when they are committed by one’s own side and not by the enemy, are considered meritorious.”

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