Welcome to Part 2, Chapter 1 of 1984 by George Orwell, read aloud by PeachyTO, for your listening pleasure!
Last week we were flies on the dirty walls of the slums as Winston journeyed into the murky world of the proles to finish off Part 1. If you would like to catch up and listen to it first you can find it here. Or if you would like to start for the beginning visit the first post of the series here.
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Within twenty years at the most, he reflected, the huge and simple question, 'Was life better before the Revolution than it is now?' would have ceased once and for all to be answerable. But in effect, it was unanswerable even now, since the few scattered survivors from the ancient world were incapable of comparing one age with another. They remember a million useless things...They were like the ant, which can see small objects but not large ones. And when memory failed and written records were falsified -- when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standard against which it could be tested.
I found this quote to be one of the more disturbing of the lot that I have been sharing throughout reading 1984. As 'leaders' attempt to erase our history, like the current PM (aka Puppet Man) here in Canada recently scrubbing our passports of any historical identifiers shared and honoured by Canadians, and given the suppression and lies surrounding their manufactured pan[ic]demic, is it so hard to believe that we should suffer the same fate in mere decades?
Chapter 8 has left me wrestling with the question: how long will it take for the technocracy to erase and replace our history, just as the totalitarian overlords of Orwell's imagination were able?
There are, of course, quite a few of us who refuse to remain silent and continue to try and warn the people in our lives that this hostile takeover is underway, yet, with the majority too comfortable and apathetic to pay attention, sadly, this minimal resistance will only expedite our demise, the citizenry playing its pathetic role in their children's destruction.
Do you feel that the history and identity of your country or city is being erased by your head of state? I would love to find out what is happening in your section of the world, so please feel free to share in the comments!