Despite passing at only 46 of tuberculosis in 1950, George Orwell occupies a prominent place in the modern literary consciousness. The last few generations came to know him as the author of the indispensable novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four.
It seems that in 2021 we have indeed let it happen, from the Great Reset, to tyranny disguised in a medical mask, to an impending social credit system as is now in place in communist China.
We all know the novel 1984, or at least we think we do, but somehow we seem to be failing to heed the cautionary tale. I can recall in the last quarter of the 20th century there being a sense of “that type of brutal totalitarianism couldn’t happen in this day and age”, and it would seem we became complacent, perhaps even lulled into turning a blind eye to the steady erosion of our liberties, because we all had a brand new curiosity to fascinate and distract us (social media), and we’ve forgotten the underlying warning Orwell was trying to give.
The message was not about fear of new technology or businesses, but rather a cautionary tale about government’s unfettered access to information, and the misuse of technology.
Orwell’s sobering term “Big Brother is Watching” once struck a chill into both left and right of the political spectrum, and it was a given that it was a scenario that we must all remain ever-vigilant against it’s manifestation. It was one of the few bi-partisan issues, but sadly not anymore. The manufactured tribalism of the left-right paradigm has meant the population has become some what divided on the issue. It would not be the first time people have pushed an agenda that is ultimately against their own interests in the name of ideology.
The 2003 BBC ‘docudrama’ – Orwell: A Life in Pictures, with actor Chris Langham playing the part of Orwell, makes a point of highlighting Orwell’s “warning” to what he saw as a fast corporatizing, socializing, authoriatarianizing, and totalitarianizing world. In the film’s final dramatized scene the re-created Orwell himself makes the following ominous prediction:
“Allowing for the book, after all, being a parody, something like 1984 could actually happen. This is the direction the world is going in at the present time. In our world, there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. The sex instinct will be eradicated. We shall abolish the orgasm. There will be no loyalty except loyalty to the Party. But always there will be the intoxication of power. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who’s helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever. The moral to be drawn from this dangerous nightmare situation is a simple one: don’t let it happen. It depends on you.”George Orwell
Orwell was also concerned about the tactic of rewriting history and denying access to information. Orwell had his protagonist in his novel 1984, Winston Smith, working in the Ministry of Truth, where he shredded undesirable documents and hid the truth. If we are going to hold up 1984 as a cautionary tale, lets use it to truly focus on the issues that Orwell outlines in his tome, and stop merely paying lip service to it.
I would recommend to everyone who has read both 1984 in the past, to read it again, especially the part about power purely for power’s sake. Orwell nails this. “The object of power is power.”
The current ruling class of uber-elites are so arrogant that they believe they can overrule science and ordinary arithmetic (“2+2 equals whatever the party says it does Winston“), if it is in their interest.
Orwell was right about many things, we are heading towards future similar to that depicted in the Hunger Games films. People must rise up before it’s too late, otherwise we are going to experience the same dystopian nightmare as depicted in 1984, however with technology being what it is today, I fear this time the totalitarian nightmare will be forever.
It’s up to you. So what to do?
My hope is people are reaching a stage of total lockdown fatigue, as they’re beginning to show some initial signs of resistance, although it’s certainly taken them long enough. I suspect people will reluctantly begin to adapt to the next lockdown, and muddle through it, but the growing anger and frustration is possibly the beginning of something positive.
It starts with the face mask – by refusing to comply with it. It starts be reopening your shop. It starts by not fearing the consequences, because believe me, given the world these psychopaths have planned, there are a lot worse things to fear if you do nothing.
Suicide and depression rates are already through the roof, businesses are going under. Communities are ruined. Children are facing a bleak future. Our elderly people are being euthanized in care homes and left alone to die alone. Why are you accepting this?
What have you got to lose at this point? You freedoms and lives are not coming back because you want them back, they’ll only come back if you stand up and take them back, but it must be done united, together.
Look I get it – you wore the mask, you had the best of intentions. You hand-sanitized into oblivion. You shut down your business, you lost your job, you kept within 5 km of your home. You stood on the ridiculous social distancing circles and you followed the arrows, you did what you were told. You listened and believed the nightly propaganda figures and scare-mongering from the media. You didn’t realize the numbers were being fudged. You didn’t pay attention to the thousands of doctors and scientists speaking out across the world, and calling this a scam, who’s voices were silenced by corporate media and silicon valley, and who were maligned and ridiculed as crazy conspiracy theorists.
You were fooled. So was I.
I was fooled back in February and March of 2020. But I woke up. It’s just taking you a little bit longer. This is a scam. It’s embarrassing to admit you were scammed, nobody likes to admit that. You didn’t see the truth, I get it that, but you know what, it’s better that you suffer the small degree of embarrassment now than what lies ahead. It’s OK to say you were wrong – you were a victim of the biggest scam in history, OK? You have every right to feel angry and want justice. The propaganda was highly sophisticated, and there’s no shame in admitting you were a victim of it. It’s not to late to change your mind. You were fooled, so what? Big deal, get over it, and lets start peaceful non-compliance today.
Orwell’s 1984 is available online for free, or try the audiobook.
–It’s Now or Never – CHI
–The Not so Great Reset – CHI
–The Gates of Hell & ‘Luciferase’ – CHI
We often are being told we must stand up. I agree whole heartedly but what does “standing up” entail?
We need to band together. But to do what?
We need messages of steps to action, not just observation. Please expound on this. Thank you for your articles.
There’s some suggestion starting with the paragraph beginning “It starts with the face mask – by refusing to comply with it…”
Other suggestions are to educate yourself and others, including navigating how to reach people. Easier said than done in these times of extreme polarization.
Broadly, my answer would be – Organize. Only you know what that entails in your corner of the world.