THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY
Since the turn of the century, George Orwell’s dystopian classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four, seems to have become increasingly precscient with every passing year. Though the novel was supposedly written as a warning, it seems that many governments today have taken it for an instruction manual. It’s hard not to look at the state of the world today, both politically and culturally, and not feel as though we are living in Orwellian times.
As a purely literary work, 1984 is one of the most influential books of the twentieth century, popularising many terms that have entered common usage, most notably “Big Brother”, “Proles”, “Doublethink”, “Newspeak”, and “2 + 2 = 5”. It is also an eminently quotable novel, and below is an example of one of the most memorable quotes.
The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink. For it is only by reconciling contradictions that power can be retained indefinitely.
Keep your eyes peeled for a review of 1984 at some stage before the end of the year. At least that is the plan if I am not foiled by the current coronavirus pandemic