毫无疑问，我们生活在美国历史上一个奇怪的时代。考虑到我们的电话被窃听，我们的谈话被录音，我们的购买被监控。Heck, even curiosity is becoming a crime!
Some people are coping with these realizations by laughing about them, while others are fighting back, getting arrested, and getting (allegedly) tortured.
Some people, like me, aren’t doing anything about it at all. Truthfully,it’s all I can do to bitch about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman——因为想到任何“严肃”的事情都会让人沮丧。然而，有些时候，抑郁症似乎是正确的处理方式，你甚至会叫它什么?突然意识到你的国家可能是“坏人”?
Whatever it’s called, you can bet George Orwell saw it coming, and his novel,1984，即使他早来了30年，他的计划也做得足够好。Here are a few select George Orwell quotes, from books likeFahrenheit 451(if he’d written it) and1984, to get your gears grinding. Enjoy!
He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face. Forever.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Oh, man – I want to stop right here for a moment and remind everyone that the United States, as a nation, has now been at war for twelve consecutive years. We’re fighting for “freedom”, but whose freedom hasn’t really been clarified to many peoples’ satisfaction. As for ignorance being strength, Fox News is regularly among the highest-rated news channels in the country, and the mental-midgets that watch that s*** still talk about “the mainstream media” like they’re not it.
Big Brother is Watching You.
You’re pro-lifeANDpro-capital punishment? You support democracyANDgerrymandered congressional districts? You don’t see a problem here?
The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.
Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
Orthodoxy means not thinking–not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.
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 external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?
Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
值得庆幸的是，我们生活在一个每隔几年就会发生一次有组织革命的国家。Don’t be stupid, kids:vote. As early and as often as you can.
Sources: George Orwell, viaInktank.