Now is a good time to go back and re-read 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell. He was a political writer who hated totalitarianism. He was critical of Communism, but rather contradictory because he embraced Socialism. He died early at age forty-seven, leaving behind a large body of work and the conviction “that modern man was in-adequate to cope with the demands of his history.”
In view of what’s happening in America today and around the globe, it’s as if 1984 and Animal Farm are like self-fulfilling prophecy. Because the majority have embraced socialism, and ignored historical reports of its devastating effects on human lives, his notion that, “modern man inadequate to cope with the demands of our history,” has played out in the course of events since his time to be quite true.
It was after the death of Roosevelt when the new President Truman met with Marshal Stalin and England’s Prime minister Winston Churchill wrote the Second World War describing a scene at Potsdam in 1945, talking about the war. There was a rather benign attitude of indifference to the horrors of death and injuries caused in that war. The attitude of detachment from the reality of the horrors of war, among the world leaders, as if it was not happening, and if it was they detached as if they had no part in the events.
Wars are man-made by leaders in charge of the military of a country. They are not incidentals which just happen, but deliberate acts caused by decisions of human beings.
Leap over our history til today, with a front row seat, watching the attitude of indifference in the elected officials towards war raging all around us: in Iraq, Libya, Ukraine and other places. And the involvement of United states, sending equipment, money & troops into these areas, with an attitude of indifference as if we have nothing to do with anything. The attitude of denial with reference to our history, played out by the glaring indifference to the reality of happenings today.
It’s as if we the people living in this country at this time, view happenings of war, torture and killings as if its a three-act play, with setting on another planet. We the people support war and embrace socialism, and ignore history, wandering around not acknowledging the nightly news that keeps updating daily happenings.
The allegorical novel by Orwell, Animal Farm, I recently re-read, reveals the results of bad judgement, the vice of giving power away and group-think that we’re experiencing to-day.
Aside from all the bad news about wars, a headline news article to-day reads, “ICE FACILITATES HUMAN SMUGGLING AND CHILD TRAFFICKING” as Illegal Immigrants dumps in Arizona.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, said: “A man who lies to himself and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying to others and to yourself.”
Let Freedom Ring
Just me AC