Grumpy Opinions by Tabitha Korol
“It was a cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Thus began George Orwell’s prophetic novel, 1984, written forty years earlier, preparing the reader for a dystopian future under socialism – a society of great suffering and injustice, and bereft of reason. This symbol of the thirteenth stroke brings into question what transpired through all the previous twelve hours, when inhumanity triumphed over our society, destroying our time and history itself.
In Orwell’s tale, words were constantly being removed from the language and history repeatedly revised so that the citizens could no longer formulate thoughts. The character, Winston Smith, explains, “He who controls the past, controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” We live in similar times, perhaps not as dramatically, but certainly equally disturbing. We are witness to ongoing destruction of our vocabulary, disintegration of…
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