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A users guide to Newspeak, the masterwork of E.A. Blair

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Added: Thursday, August 8th 2019 at 1:58am by actual-reality

Dear friend, you look weary, please come in, villa Realité is of course air conditioned, as we the Illuminati knew this would happen. Jesus will show you the showers and replace your clothes with something entirely silken and transparent. When you are ready meet us in the baths on the third subterranean level, tonight we shall discuss Orwell.

My first reading of 1984 came in my second year of high school, a time of revelation and perspective as once I was asked to read a passage and in it the words “… the lie became the truth.” Stopped me dead in my tracks. An of image came to me of these words carved in a desk which I had occupied the year before. The expanded quote is…

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.” The context is that the hero, if there is such a person in the book; Winston, finds a scrap of evidence of one of the lies that had become the truth. I, as Winston could not help but be distracted by implication and the cascade of what I had come to believe was not only law but the only facts.

As one wakes from a nightmare for an instant relived only to find that the real world has far worse circumstance, say the day after a break up, the death of a loved one or that the world might be run by idiots and madmen.

It is important to know who the man was, as important as it is to know that he was trying to warn the world about in his works, for Animal Farm and 1984 are a warning about fascism and how easily it slides into ones bed. Orwell fought in the Spanish Civil war on the side of the Republicans, not the kind of vegetable we know as republicans but the kind that prize freedom from oppression, not offer it lubricants. When he did so it was important, or is, to know he went to the local chapter of the commies to do, as the English do, acquire a letter of recommendation so he might pass the border. Charming isn’t it? What a thoroughly British chap.

Sadly idealists make shit fighters and after a series of bad decisions Blair, who is Orwell, packed his red underthings and left for old Blighty again. The local commies took umbrage to seeing him back did what all politicians do and made him a scapegoat for failure and due to his background accused him of prol bashing. Oddly this drove George away, a mistake you can imagine. He invented the word Proles by thee way, save that for trivia night.

Previous to this he’d been a policeman in Burma, paving a path for the abuse of the third world by the first, it is here he first went; native as we say, spending more time with brown people than their betters, I feel I need to point out sarcasm for the interloper…

I mention this because of the need to address his belief, sadly, in the God of media, as he is like as anything to be. When in Burma he attended the native churches, where he was appreciative of the emotion displayed, if anyone has been to an Anglican church you would understand how most find this distasteful. Fancy enjoying it, well I never…

Nor did he eventually, for Orwell was an atheist, as all rational men must be, as all honest men who do not fear must, and of course women, whom I encompass with ‘men’ but aught not. It is often asserted that he was a religious man, he was not, it is true he participated in Anglicanism but he often and firmly states his disbelief. I expect that like drinking tea and loathing the French, the monotonous lectures of the vicar have left something indelible in us all. If anyone is unaware of how much he derided faith they aught to read his books. Herein lies the method of spotting dishonesty in those who claim to live piously, you will know who you are.

Back to the story…

Orwell was something of a cad, egotist, idealist but lacking somewhat in fealty to his loves and causes. I do try not to admire these things, but one must have vices to be at all interesting don’t you think?

Loyalty is an interesting concept for it introduces the idea of what would it take to end something you have a devotion to for the sake of what is right?

What is the limit of love, patriotism, duty; is duty an absolute and who deserves more, the mass or the individual? What does it take to shake a man’s blind loyalty? What if one day you should awake and find your God’s spokesmen demonic, your state run by a dictator and your every word used to sell to you.

What indeed.

Orwell is infinitely quotable, most often by bolshy types but increasingly by the pestilence of revisionist deists, people who laughingly insist Darwin recanted on his deathbed, that there is no proof to his work, that disaster is not on the very horizon, so I won’t. Orwell despised the idea of biography perhaps he felt that his work should convey what he though.

Do then read it, be terrified for what was a nightmare stands in the full light of the lectern.

How briefly we touch and I send you off to live.


User Comments

Wow, a lot of information here...not sure I got it all, but I share his disdin for fascism.

I ramble, but I mean well, thank you for reading.

Good morning, my eloquent friend!

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.”

Happening in America as we speak.  Art and monuments being torn down or destroyed because someone's feelings are hurt by the facts.  Soon, we will forget.  Them we shall repeat.

George Washington High School mural to be painted over.  (san francisco)

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I do understand that all of us nasty white people were mean but it is done, this is not history and the revising of it or it's erasure is worse again.

Defacing art is every bit as evil and I am sad I lived to see this era.

Maybe if the opposition erases all the bad stuff our ancestors did it will eventually be forgotten entirely.  Somehow I don't think that's the result they're after, but hey...it works for me.


Oh for a plague that kills the stupid.

Someone mentioned this book to me recently and I made a note that I need to read it. You have made it even more imperative so I shall go look for it. Good to see you back...{#basic-laugh.gif}

I think Animal Farm is a far better read, 1984 is bleak and depressing, best left for teenagers {#wink.gif}

Animal Farm is just as depressing, imo, because the ending is already known to those who have studied history.

It has been my experience that the ones who read these types of books are often the ones who don't need the lesson, shame we can't force it upon those who would benefit from the lesson.

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