Thursday, May 29, 2008

George Orwell, Al Gore and Deceit

One of my favorite writers is George Orwell. Since reading 1984 and Animal Farm in high school, to reading Down and Out in Paris and London last month, I have always been fascinated by his razor-sharp commentary on class and control throughout this troubled world of ours. In Al Gore's The Assault on Reason, Gore quotes him, and the quotation is so fitting in a world where rhetoric has become reality, and leaders, especially American ones, truly believe that repeating something a thousand times will magically make it true.

Here are the words of Orwell:

" We are capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield."

Like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, so on and so on.

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