“We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent there will be no need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always—do not forget this Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

~1984, George Orwell


10 thoughts on “1984”

  1. There were a great number of apocalyptic/utopian/totalitarian societies written in and after the middle of the 1900’s, and it is quite annoying. why so much worry? why so much doom and gloom? 1984, fahrenheit 451, the giver, the one by aldus huxley that i don’t feel like looking up right now. soylent green. the one that had wil smith in the movie. must have been a scary or depressing time to be a writer.

    1. Sci-fi as a genre can be relevant to “now.” It can teach a lesson or remind of us of history (and actions we shouldn’t ever repeat). That’s one reason I like it. This quote from 1984 is relevant today in many countries and I’d argue that, here in America, we can see echoes of panopticism. Hence, this post. Bradbury’s masterpiece touches on our “now” with his revealed foresights. How many of us are obsessed with our “parlor walls” and “buzzing seashells?” How many of us race past “blurs” and don’t take the time to just be? I love that book!!!! 🙂

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