February 8, 2016
Much has been side about the book 1984, the magnum opus of George Orwell, and for good reason.
Interestingly enough, George Orwell was the pseudonym of Eric Blair, who was an staunch opponent of totalitarianism. We will continue to use Orwell to designate Blair’s work, as that’s what people are most familiar with.
Orwell’s view of a totalitarian society is brought into fruition in this stunning, yet prescient piece of work. Prescient, because as some are familiar with, we as a society are already within the folds of a corrupt system that is taxing people in every way shape or form. Not only that, but the Social Engineering that is taking place is so vast, and all-encompassing, that most people don’t know about it. That doesn’t even begin to take into account powerful technologies like entrainment, and so on.
Of course, most of those who are familiar with Orwell’s 1984, are also familiar with Huxley’s Brave New World. Some people get really caught up on what our current world mirrors most. In reality, it’s a combination of both books in many ways. Depending on where you live, and what country, it could be one ‘system’ more than other.
What’s quite distressing is the fact that many people don’t even know the extent by which totalitarianism and all other systems rule their lives. As a society, we will never be able to solve large all-encompassing issues if the lot of the populace allows itself to be brainwashed into believing that everything the establishment [television, politicians, doctor, people in power] says is gospel.
The populace needs to be more discerning, and this particular book shows where part of society is heading if we don’t begin to change things quickly.
Militarization of local police forces has gone in full force, and countless examples of boot-stomping police officers can be seen on youtube and other media. Granted, police officers that use overwhelming force is nothing new, and perhaps the fact that more people are equipped to video tape it is just showing what was always the case, but am not so sure of that. There seems to be a trend of police shootings, many of them bystanders which carry no weapons at all, such as the late Lavoy Finnicum, where they get killed.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re black, white, Christian, Muslim, democrat, republican, etc., if overwhelming force is used against you without any real cause, then we have a really big problem for EVERYBODY. Yes, police officers have a fine line to walk, and the lot shouldn’t be thrown to the burner for those carrying out these questionable deeds, but everyone of them is towing the party line and rarely anyone of them talks about how regular police units often have better equipment than what they military has in warzones. That should be highly disturbing, because the trend is only getting worse.
1984 gives us a snippet of what Orwell saw, and its manifesting right before our eyes.
Another notable component is the book is the use of Newspeak, which in its basic form is just using language to socially engineer a less capable person/society, and the book does wonders in showing how that takes place.
Speaking of language, ever notice, that when the mainstream media talks about some really important issues, they often do so quickly, and there is no extensive discussion of the issue. One liners are used more than most realize, and often the reporters move on to the next story without ever even getting to anything of substance within the current one, and it’s all become normal.
This is obviously done on purpose, for the quicker the MSM moves through issues without analyzing them, the less attention individuals will give to it, often forgetting about those issues within minutes with the constant bombardment of other issues, which leaves the viewer at a loss at what to think, if they’re even thinking deeply at all. That is just but one of the ways that language is used to manipulate society. Showing people problems, controlling their reactions, and forgoing any notable solutions, unless they are convenient for those within the establishment realm.
Orwell also showcases the control of history that can take a place within such a controlled society. In 1984, history literally changes by the day in many notable ways. Although within our official reality things haven’t gotten that bad yet, they are still quite bothersome. This is because anything that questions the official narrative, is not approached with open-minded skepticism. Instead, it is derided, ridiculed, and people are shunned and often lose their jobs if they bring anything of substance to the floor. This has happened to countless individuals, and it still happens to this day. Essentially, although history isn’t being ‘changed’ daily, it sure is being carefully manipulated to show the reality that the comptrollers wish us to see, and not what’s really taking place.
As a society, we need to ask ourselves: What’s so important that needs to be kept secret? What are the comptrollers hiding? And how long has it been going on for? How does this derail the current paradigm? Are they hiding anything that might make your life better? More meaningful? These are but a handful of the hundreds of questions that need to not only be pondered at lenght, but asked incisively.
One overlooked idea that’s presented by the mainstream media, although its ever present, is the issue of Terrorism. The idea of it gets people so worked up they fall for the establishment propaganda at the drop of the hat. And yet, one factor never mentioned by the mainstream media, is the fact that False Flags, which have existed for decades, are often behind the very staged terror events that take place. If one is ignorant of this, one would believe that our current paradigm is riddled with terrorists behind every blade of grass, when such is not the case. This is not to minimize the issue, but the idea of terrorism has infiltrated every aspect of society. Many TV Shows [through predictive programming], schools, hospitals, sporting events, and more, are littered with this idea with constant security check points that never catch any terrorists. Ever notice that? They’re everywhere, and ever present, but none can be caught beforehand. It’s just like the TSA, who was established to fight terrorism, and for nigh a decade hasn’t caught one person. Are people getting the picture?
Let us look at what issue kills more people within our society, shall we?
As the article ‘The Terrorism Statistics Every American Needs to Hear‘ notes, which we will quote at length:
Comparing the CDC numbers to terrorism deaths means (keep in mind that – from here to the end of the piece – we are consistently and substantially understating the risk of other causes of death as compared to terrorism, because we are comparing deaths from various causes within the United States against deaths from terrorism worldwide):
– You are 35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack
– You are 33,842 times more likely to die from cancer than from a terrorist attack
Wikipedia notes that obesity is a a contributing factor in 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year. That makes obesity 5,882 to times 23,528 more likely to kill you than a terrorist.
The annual number of deaths in the U.S. due to avoidable medical errors is higher than 100,000 [Starfield]. Indeed, one of the world’s leading medical journals – Lancet – reported in 2011:
A November, 2010, document from the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services reported that, when in hospital, one in seven beneficiaries of Medicare (the government-sponsored health-care programme for those aged 65 years and older) have complications from medical errors, which contribute to about 180 000 deaths of patients per year.
That’s just Medicare beneficiaries, not the entire American public. Scientific American noted in 2009:
Preventable medical mistakes and infections are responsible for about 200,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to an investigation by the Hearst media corporation.
And a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety says the numbers may be up to 440,000 each year.
But let’s use the lower – 100,000 – figure. That still means that you are 5,882 times more likely to die from medical error than terrorism.
The CDC says that some 80,000 deaths each year are attributable to excessive alcohol use. So you’re 4,706 times more likely to drink yourself to death than die from terrorism.
Wikipedia notes that there were 32,367 automobile accidents in 2011, which means that you are 1,904 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack. As CNN reporter Fareed Zakaria wrote last year:
“Since 9/11, foreign-inspired terrorism has claimed about two dozen lives in the United States. (Meanwhile, more than 100,000 have been killed in gun homicides and more than 400,000 in motor-vehicle accidents.) “
President Obama agreed.
According to a 2011 CDC report, poisoning from prescription drugs is even more likely to kill you than a car crash. Indeed, the CDC stated in 2011 that – in the majority of states – your prescription meds are more likely to kill you than any other source of injury. So your meds are thousands of times more likely to kill you than Al Qaeda.
The number of deaths by suicide has also surpassed car crashes, and many connect the increase in suicides to the downturn in the economy. Around 35,000 Americans kill themselves each year (and more American soldiers die by suicide than combat; the number of veterans committing suicide is astronomical and under-reported). So you’re 2,059 times more likely to kill yourself than die at the hand of a terrorist.
If the information above doesn’t allude to how lopsided the fear mongering about an issue that doesn’t affect us nowhere near as much as others, nothing will.
There are countless more issues that Orwell covers, and all very pertinent to our day in age. Regardless, what we each learn about these issues is up to us, because we are the ones that allow, or stop in its tracks, what happens to us as individuals, and ultimately, as a nation.
In the end, we all have a choice. Do we believe the official party line in every single issue, knowing what their track record in lying is, or do we carry out our own trenchant research to find out what’s what?
Orwell’s 1984 will show us what will happen if we don’t begin to think of ourselves as a nation, and better yet as individuals. That alone is worth the price of the book.
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5 thoughts on “Book Review: 1984 by George Orwell”
Funny thing. I just decided to buy a copy yesterday.
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How synchronistic! Its an interesting, if disturbing book indeed. Definitely worth a read too. Should be mandatory reading for people in school.
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I know of it well, but haven’t read it, and keeps on crossing my way.
Regarding including it in schooling, that’s completely the opposite of what is desired by the “institution”.
It just hit me that it is not a coincidence that mental asylums are referred to as institutions, as well as marriage, religion, the economy, education, etc….
ALL ARE INSANE.
Looks like the “institution” is the hegemonic, and common denominator here, fueled by insanity 😉
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Never thought of it that way! That’s definitely something to ponder. Thank you for your insight. Its greatly appreciated!
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