I wonder if there are any of you who recognize the words above as being from the book by George Orwell entitled 1984. I took up this book to read again a few months ago but really haven’t gotten very far into it, but that is as it is.
The book was written in 1948 and was about a fictional totalitarian society, where there is no freedom except maybe in one’s personal thoughts — and those are communicated to others at risk of imprisonment or death.
We Shall Meet In a Place Where There Is No Darkness
This George Orwell book, with the exception of the Bible, is probably the most analyzed text in existence. Because of that the above quote has been interpreted to mean several things. but the most prominent is that Winston Smith (the main character in the book) is talking about his dreams as that is the only place where he can really think what he wants.
Here is a thought about that from Walter Fisher who is a certified Educator (whatever that means) 🙂
There is no freedom save of one’s personal thoughts — and those are communicated to others at risk of imprisonment or death. Dreams, therefore, represent an escape from the constant repressiveness of the society in which Winston Smith lives. Only through his dreams can Winston reflect on the past and entertain thoughts of the future
I don’t know about you but it seems these time kind of have a whiff of that. Doublespeak certainly is prevalent at least in the executive branch of our current government. For those of you who are not familiar with the word, doublespeak is a language that deliberately obscures, distorts, and reverses the meaning of words that is meant to make “truth” sound relative.
But I kinda think that the current version of doublespeak is to cover up the proud ignorance of the current Oval Office occupant (#CO3). This guy can’t seem to form an opinion on anything outside of himself without first seeing it on Fox News. How dangerous is this type of doublespeak?
If politics is one of your primary focuses in life then we are certainly living in a world of darkness. But if you boycott that menu it is much easier to see things from a silver lining viewpoint.