Liz* ~ Procrastinator Extraordinaire

1984 - George Orwell, Erich Fromm “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” I really enjoyed this reading. It took me a while to finish it and that's probably because I had the need to stop to think about some interesting passages every few pages. More than a novel it felt like and essay and there was this urgency to consider about a lot Orwell had to say. I won't attempt to make a review here, just give a few thoughts about 1984. I was captivated by the term "doublethink", the idea of a hierarchical society that was only possible on a basis of poverty and ignorance and finally the realization that you won't win against the Big Brother. And for me, this was exquisite:“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” What does it mean to be mad or rational? Sanity is not statistical.