As Orwell wrote: “We do not destroy the heretic … we capture his inner mind, we reshape him.” Today, this psychological oppression and censorship is carried out by “cancel culture” agitators and platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, which suppress all opposing viewpoints.
Today, Orwellian phrases like “Big Brother” and “doublespeak” have become common expressions.
war is peace
freedom is slavery
ignorance is strength
These words are the official mottos of the Party in Orwell’s 1984. They are engraved in monstrous letters on the white pyramid of the Ministry of Truth.
This dogma serves as the reader’s first introduction to the idea of doublethink. The Party in Orwell’s book is able to force its subjects to accept anything it decrees, even if it is entirely illogical!
This is done by weakening the independence and strength of individuals’ minds and forcing them to live in a constant state of propaganda-induced fear.
The Ministry of Peace is in charge of waging war, the Ministry of Love is in charge of political torture, and the Ministry of Truth is in charge of doctoring history books to reflect the Party’s ideology.
That the public trademark of Oceania is similarly conflicting is a significant demonstration of the intensity of the Party’s mass mission of mental control. In principle, the Party can keep up that “War Is Peace” in light of the fact that having a shared adversary keeps the individuals of Oceania joined together.
“Opportunity Is Slavery” on the grounds that, as per the Party, the one who is autonomous is bound to fizzle. By a similar token, “Bondage Is Freedom,” on the grounds that the man exposed to the group will is liberated from peril and need.
“Obliviousness Is Strength” on the grounds that the powerlessness of individuals to perceive these inconsistencies concretes the intensity of the dictator system.
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