Monday, February 20, 2017

Dystopian Literary Excerpt #1 Brought to You by Margaritaville (because you might want a drink)

Fallen Wing

I've re-read The Handmaid's Tale. I'm now half-way through a re-read of 1984.

I find these readings oddly comforting. I think I'll be posting more.

From 1984:
"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind is controllable--what then?"


Anonymous said...

I wonder where are they building room 101 in these moments.

A.Smith said...

And when will the new schools begin to teach that Climate Change is a fantasy to confused the intelligent voters who didn't buy that story and voted for the new so called president?

37paddington said...

sobering to say the least. we are watching it happen, and i have the sense that we don't really know how to stop this train.