Feb 26, 2022

George Orwell, 1984

George Orwell, 1984
“Oceanic society rests ultimately on the belief that Big Brother is omnipotent and that the Party is infallible. 

But since in reality Big Brother is not omnipotent and the party is not infallible, there is need for an unwearying, moment-to-moment flexibility in the treatment of facts. 

The keyword here is BLACKWHITE. 

Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. 

Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. 

Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. 

But it means also the ability to BELIEVE that black is white, and more, to KNOW that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary.”

― George Orwell, 1984

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