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We all read "1984" in high school, but I had forgotten what a great book it is.
I am monitoring a high school English class today, and they are currently reading the book, which is the last novel that George Orwell/Eric Blair wrote before he died in 1950.
As I skimmed through a few pages in the novel itself, and the "afterword" by Eric Fromm, a few things jumped out at me:
1) "doublethink" (on page 322) means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind , and accepting both of them" .. one recent example is the bill that was introduced in the Texas legislature that called for the death penalty for any women who had an abortion, which is NOT EXACTLY pro-life
2) in Orwell's "1984" , it is the completely unlimited use of torture and brainwashing .. that destroy human nature ... (318)
since the end of the Bush era, we no longer use torture (I hope) but there is no doubt at all that a large part of our population is being brainwashed by the FOX network
3) the importance of Orwell's concept of war lies in a number of keen observations ... first of all, he shows the economic significance of continuous arms productions, without which the economic system can function (319)
(worldwide arms sales in 2017 totaled $398.2 billion)
4) reality exists in the human mind and nowhere else .. whatever the Party holds to be true is the truth ''
(remember when Rudy Guiliani said "truth isn't truth?)
(closely tied to this concept is the fact that Trump says that all news that is critical of him is "fake news"
5) power means the capacity to inflict unlimited pain and suffering to another human being (321) ..
(sounds like putting children in cages, deporting the spouse of a servicewomen who was killed serving the U.S in Afghanistan, or taking away people's health insurance)
I think that if we took the time to read the novel again, we would find a LOT of things that we are living with in our society today