On George Orwell's 1984

Posted on February 03 2017

In case you haven't heard, 1984 by George Orwell has been revived. While it has never actually died, it has no doubt become one of the most essential reads of 2017. Here's why you should read the novel –

On Reality vs Political Views,

“Only the disciplined mind can see reality, Winston. You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you. But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes; only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal.”

On Understanding Power,

“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”

On standing up for your own values,

“You must humble yourself before you can become sane.”

And perhaps this is a little unrelated to the topic at hand, it explains why we should, perhaps, never take literature for granted. To quote our very own author, Joshua Ip,

"See, this is why I write articles explaining that reading literature has quantifiable financial benefits to the national economy and equips individuals with functional skills and is correlated with career success. Then you all think I trolling only."

So, is it "dystopia", or perhaps just "reality bites"?


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