|George Orwell - Fabrizio Cassetta|
Two Orwellian concepts: Doublethink and Newspeak.
We live in the age of information; but are we open to hear all sides of a single issue or will we just hear what we want, what is more convenient for us, and stick to it? That is the million dollar question.
We live in the age of knowledge. Companies like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo etc made sure that we had all sorts of information available in seconds, to assist us in our intellectual evolution - an evolution that will come, and even though it may tarry, I will wait for it on any day that it will come. But do we all seek knowledge? Not at all. It's too time consuming, it occupies too much space of our mental-hard disk. And thus we fall prey to the Thought Police. We fall prey to fascists (be it Leftist or Rightist).
Do you double-think? Yes, if you do the following:
"To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it (..) to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word 'doublethink' involved the use of doublethink" -- George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty Four
The above holds true in the case of politicians, the media, most of today's missionary and political activists.
Politicians: they are a perfect fit into the definition of Orwell's doublethink because they know the truth but when they speak and act they tell and decide based on "carefully constructed lies". They repudiate morality yet claim to it. They forget out of convenience and when convenient they recall.
Result of political doublethink: historical mistakes; disrespect for a People's history, traditions, culture; bloodshed.
Media: they know the truth but feel convenient to lie in order to stir emotions and profit from it. They consciously induce unconsciousness and then become unconscious of the hypnosis they performed.
Result of the media doublethink: mass brainwash; political interference; bloodshed.
Missionary Activists: one sided campaigners who, in their quest to create societal change from the grassroots, teach individuals a new language: Newspeak (i.e. controlled language used as a tool to limit freedom of thought and concepts [freedom, self-expression, individuality and peace] that represent a menace to their sponsors' regime/ideology). Old thought processes and potential acquisition of knowledge are erased so that a lie is always one step ahead of the truth.
Result of missionary activism doublethink: brainwash; collective hatred; racism.
Political Activists: one sided campaigners who, while working within the system to influence and create change, tamper with reality. They tell individuals deliberate lies while believing in them themselves. Any inconvenient fact is cast to oblivion, the objective reality is denied and taken into account at the same time, otherwise their activism is doomed to failure from inception.
Result of political activism doublethink: democratic demise; corruption; diplomatic terror.
Contemporary examples of Doublethink and Newspeak:
A. The radical polarisation in US politics since 2001. Both conservatives and liberals distort reality and counterfeit facts. If we do not look for the facts ourselves we fall prey into their hands.
B. The International Left trying to persuade us that religion is the root of all problems while at the same time offering preferential treatment to Islam.
C. The International Community trying to convince us that we are very humanitarian when it comes to Africa while it destabilises it when convenient and when economically inconvenient rushes to the continent to fight the very same rebels it armed.
D. Newspeak: Palestine (legally the historical homeland of the Jewish People) is now an Arab country and "Jesus was a Palestinian".
Doublethink: Arabs in Palestine were there before the Jews. Jerusalem is one of Islam's pillars (even though the city isn't even mentioned in the Quran). King Solomon and the Temple he built are a myth.
E. Fernado Collor de Mello was the bad guy and impeaching him was the best thing for Brazil (even though the accusations against him were baseless - but who dared to questioned whatsoever?). Vested interests and envy led to the removal of a decent politician who fought corrosive corruption (something rare in that country). What would've happened to Brazil if Collor de Mello hadn't been impeached?
Do you double-think? Are you proficient in Newspeak?