Sunday, September 25, 2011

Banned Spotlight: 1984 by George Orwell [fREADom!]

I think even though we're 27 years out from 1984, its social commentary is still extremely relevant.  Probably more so than ever.  And it's a cautionary tale that we as citizens of the world must pay heed to if we want to retain the freedoms we've fought for.  And it beautifully illustrates the anathema of censorship.

"Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death." --Chapter 2, Part I

"Sanity is not statistical." --Chapter 9, Part I

"The object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war." --Chapter 9, Part II

"The book fascinated him, or more exactly it reassured him. In a sense it told him nothing that was new, but that was part of the attraction. It said what he would have said, if it had been possible for him to set his scattered thoughts in order. It was the product of a mind similar to his own, but enormously more powerful, more systematic, less fear-ridden. The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already." --Chapter 9, Part II

"To die hating them, that was freedom." --Chapter 4, Part III

If you haven't read 1984, no matter your age, give it a chance.  You can read it online if you want to.