I am an unabashed George Orwell fan, from the moment I first read one of his books, 1984, I was captivated by his insights and the manner in which he wove a tale.
I consider Orwell to be a literary genius, a visionary beyond repute whose works transcend mere literature and enter the realm of prophecies coming to past.
Below a few examples:
“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”
No one can deny everything has become politicized-from the way we speak, our choice of words, jobs, the environment, what and how we eat, how it is grown or manufactured, healthcare, “jokes”, mottos, slogans, mascots, what we wear as in hoodies, sheer clothing, sexual orientation, tats, piercings, abortion, free speech, and in fact the entire Bill Of Rights and Constitution.
“All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.”
Blind unreasoning partisanship is the name of this syndrome, a partisanship in which people will make absolute fools of themselves defending and excusing.
“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
Uh oh, that’s a word on one of those lists that the mere mention of will lump a person into the same group as jihadists, survivalists, and skinheads -revolutionary -and yet one of those “rights” to speak freely, to assemble openly, to address grievances and seek redress in the midst of thought and word police covertly assigning names to secret lists- a jackbooted Big Brother Orwell wrote of.
“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever”.
The reality of Corporatism ably assisted by legislation and a “domesticated” central authority known as elected officials.
Orwell wrote for the world at large, sometimes though I think he used the indigenous experience as source material-times even now when our words are scrutinized and dissected for intentions outside the boundaries of acceptability assigned to us that can be construed as “revolutionary” or of a Ghost Dance nature.
Words, ceremonies, and dances that precipitated an armed response, the boarding schools, and attempts to “civilize” and “christianize” us to instill Orwell’s 1984 “new think” into our consciousness and lives.
We as a people aren’t so far removed from previous times that the longing for and understanding of what it means to be our own man or woman has been forgotten, and it is the folly of the lip service paid to the concept of a land of the free and the schizophrenia of policy that stands in contradiction that keeps these essential memories alive.
Better I think to leave this schizophrenia and folly to the partisans and “intellectuals” enamored of their own words and sound of their voice-let them ruminate from the “sanctity” of their language and thoughts while doing little more than that…ruminating, as we remember and strive to be.
We can neither forget the past nor shun the present and the future, a responsibility if we avoid as adults we haven’t the right to for our children- the onus is squarely on our shoulders, it falls to us to find a meaningful way to incorporate both in our lives.
We won’t accomplish this being led around by false prophets, marketing our beliefs, or hiding behind drugs and alcohol-if necessary we may need to re-familiarize ourselves with the meaning of pride- pride in ourselves, our communities, and pride in the effort to build a better future.