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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Truth is only the Truth of the Party

We sit here watching as America is pulled further and further into an abyss of it's own apathic creation. The vapid and vanity driven society we have created has turned most Americans into spongy automatons capable of believing anything BushCo tells them. Believing not because of logic or the real truth involved but rather because of messenger repetition. For BushCo truth is subjectively relative while at the same time portrayed as absolute and objective. For the past 5 years we have been constantly told what to believe, talking point after talking point and plenty have followed, shuffling in shackled lockstep with whatever the party line is at the time. Fix the facts to fit the belief - never mind if it doesn't make sense, "sense" is subjective to the Party's objectivity.

"Who controls the present controls the past,"' said O'Brien, nodding his head with slow approval. ...


... We, the Party, control all records, and we control all memories. Then we control the past, do we not?'

'But how can you stop people remembering things?' cried Winston again momentarily forgetting the dial. 'It is involuntary. It is outside oneself. How can you control memory? You have not controlled mine!'

O'Brien's manner grew stern again. He laid his hand on the dial.

'On the contrary,' he said, 'you have not controlled it. That is what has brought you here. You are here because you have failed in humility, in self-discipline. You would not make the act of submission which is the price of sanity. You preferred to be a lunatic, a minority of one. Only the disciplined mind can see reality, Winston. You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right. You also believe that the nature of reality is self-evident. When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you. But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external. Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal. Whatever the Party holds to be the truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party. That is the fact that you have got to relearn, Winston. It needs an act of self-destruction, an effort of the will. You must humble yourself before you can become sane.' --- Orwell 1984