Dystopia

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There is a pattern that is weaving. There is a process underway. The sign posts are everywhere; and there are many related issues. But underneath and connecting it all is the shaping and molding of everything we are.

Humanity has reached a major, accelerating change point. No one needs to tell you that. Technology is changing life before our eyes. The huge moves by those playing at being gods is displacing and challenging our small, everyday power to just affect our own lives, and those of our families and loved ones.

It is being subsumed into a collective culture… which deceptively comes packaged with colors and designs and insignias of every counter-culture niche, every major personality type, seemingly every corner of thought – but they are only generalities; check boxes; teams and scenes to to fit into. In other words, molds. Mass movements; group think; collective identities.

Source: Truthstream Media

February 15, 2019

Aaron and Melissa Dykes

Truly free and unfettered thought won’t exist anymore. It won’t be authorized, but it also won’t be possible – eventually (if we let them).

George Orwell deftly pointed this out in his seminal work, 1984. In chapter 5, Orwell’s protagonist Winston asks a language expert named Syme about Newspeak, who ‘perks up’ at the mention of his pet project :

‘Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed, will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. Already, in the Eleventh Edition, we’re not far from that point. But the process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller.

The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak,’ he added with a sort of mystical satisfaction. ‘Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?’

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‘By 2050—earlier, probably—all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron— they’ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be. Even the literature of the Party will change. Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like ‘freedom is slavery’ when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.’

Sparknotes.com discusses the appendix to Newspeak in the back of Orwell’s 1984. They highlight the important, overall concept, that the POSSIBILITY of free thought will be abolished by the process underway.

And second – that knowledge is to be confined and compartmentalized so that no one individual can have possession* of too much knowledge (*because knowledge is power). Scientific knowledge and information is not circulated for popular knowledge and understanding, but certain teachings are circulated to instruct the population about what is “true” and about those scientific and technological things that it is meant to celebrate, cheer on, and above all accept as an exalted breakthrough.

The proles – a.k.a. the masses – are so beneath it all, that they are not even considered human. They aren’t thought to have the capacity to even truly think, and are, in Orwell’s world, merely the consumers of base propaganda, animalistic titillation and sensation, and the possession even of a sub-language, which only facilitates a level of communication below true thought.

It is no exaggeration to suggest that in this dystopic future, thought has been abolished.

Newspeak is engineered to remove even the possibility of rebellious thoughts—the words by which such thoughts might be articulated have been eliminated from the language. Newspeak contains no negative terms. For example, the only way to express the meaning of “bad” is through the word “ungood.”

Newspeak’s grammar is arranged so that any word can serve as any part of speech, and there are three different groups of vocabulary words.

A) The A vocabulary contains everyday words and phrases, as Orwell says, “for such things as eating, drinking, working” and so on.

B) The B vocabulary of Newspeak contains all words with political or ideological significance, specially tailored to engender blind acceptance of the Party’s doctrines. For example, “goodthink” means roughly the same thing as “orthodoxy.”

C) The C vocabulary encompasses words that relate specifically to science and to technical fields and disciplines. It is designed to ensure that technical knowledge remains segmented among many fields, so that no one individual can gain access to too much knowledge. In fact, there is no word for “science”; as Orwell writes, “Ingsoc” covers any meaning that such a concept could possibly have.

At stake is absolutely a battle for the mind. This is a battle for individuality – and the war is over whether or not individuals will still have a place in society.


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