N is for Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

| April 13, 2014

N is for Ninteen Eighty-Four

The telescreens in Orwell’s 1984 were the symbolic eye of Big Brother, always watching, always listening. The screens were meant to monitor the citizens of Oceania, but even more so, to instill a sense of constant fear and shame into their psyche.

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

The paradoxes Orwell writes are fantastically relevant to our American culture.

War is struggle. War is effort. War is consistency. War is outward focus. War is a spread of doctrine. War is a power struggle between egos where the victor is always morally justified (unless of course, it was an unjust war, then the solution becomes engaging in another war, in the name of democracy or some other bourgeois term that justifies a money-driven venture into the borders of another nation).

Slavery is working to survive. Slavery is indentured servitude. Slavery is minimal wages that constitute minimal continued existence. Slavery is control of a population, really of a nation, by a group of wealthy individuals with only the symbolic notion that we are “free”.

Ignorance is bliss. Ignorance is being unaware of something. Ignorance is living without the knowledge of an injustice’s existence. Ignorance is living without guilt.