4 April 1984

4 April 1984.

The beginning of Winston Smith’s first journal entry in George Orwell’s classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Over the past few years I regularly repeat one of my favorite lines from the book (and the song Testify by Rage Against the Machine):

“Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.”

Are we on our way to the Ingsoc society in Nineteen Eighty-Four?

Some think it’s more difficult to control people’s thoughts because of the internet.

When I look at Facebook and Twitter, it seems to be easier. People are becoming more extreme and committed to their identity within their groups.

Someone posts a meme with a photo and pseudo logic to make a point. And it gets shared as the truth. As the reality of today’s situation.

Yet, the truth is in the eye of the speaker.

Reality is flexible too. As Robert Anton Wilson wrote, “Reality is what you can get away with.”

It’s up to you.

Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.

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