Monday, December 01, 2003

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS POWER

These words from Orwell's 1984 came to mind, just now, while I was thinking about the social taboos people have yet to conquer. I mean, everyone knows of greed and ambition, but how many people actually admit to it? Power is the doxy of our times. We all want it. Need it. Breathe it. Depend on it. Yet, when we are caught, we are burned at the stake. And those who previously envied us, now hypocritically shake their heads in shame and disbelief. "How could they do such a thing?" they ponder, incredulously. There must be something wholly wrong with the world when people still try to re-seal their eyes to things they've already seen. If we are, indeed, a society of freaks, why are we so alike? Why are the people who proclaim "individuality" as boring and reckless as the rest of us? What is a society, if not a gaggle of geese, scurrying for that crumb of bread, handed to us in amusement? In recognition of Orwell's statement of a totalitarian regime, I would like to add one more line:

UNITY IS DIVISION

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