What does it matter to you if war is real.
As long as it’s continuous, your future it will steal
Why ask if Big Brother exists
Instead, you must prove that you do.
The end is power, and torture and persecution
This only means perpetuation
When the Department of Peace carries out war
Gravity is not a law anymore
The science and beauty of language undone
With organized hatred
The transformation is won
History has no room for you
But even if I am the last man
If I am awake
And I can remember to feel
I may not be mad
Just a minority of one
About the poem:
As did many today, I watched the film “1984”. Today was chosen because the character played by John Hurt (Winston Smith), wrote in his journal in the opening scene, “April 4, 1984”.
When I was watching the movie, I was not as moved as I’d expected. But afterwards, as I considered it more, it haunted me. So much to think about and talk about! If you’ve watched it, let’s get coffee and hash it out!
I highly recommend it. Ideas about war, power and torture]. Oh man. There’s some heavy sh!t here, that will get you thinking.
And the fact that the book was written in 1948, 70 years ago, makes it all the more powerful given our current untruthiness era.
I’m also pondering “Power is not a means. It’s an end.” That answers the nagging question I have about why do people who have so much power and money, always want more?
Check out some of the quotes from the movie:
(Reading from Goldstein’s book)
It does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, that victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous.
The essential act of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labor. A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. In principle, the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects. And its object is not victory over Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.
Winston Smith: Does Big Brother even exist?
O’Brien: Of course he exists.
Winston Smith: No, I mean… does he exist like you or me?
O’Brien: You do not exist.
“Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power”
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
The Law of Gravity is nonsense. No such law exists.
Winston Smith: I know you’ll fail. Something in this world… some spirit you will never overcome…
O’Brien: What is it, this principle?
Winston Smith: I don’t know. The spirit of man.
O’Brien: And do you consider yourself a man?
Winston Smith: Yes.
O’Brien: If you’re a man, Winston, you’re the last man. Your kind is extinct. We are the inheritors. Do you realize that you are alone? You are outside history. You unexist. Get up.
[Winston gets up and O’Brien shows him his reflection in a mirror. Winston is disheveled and beaten]
O’Brien: *That* is the last man. If you are human, *that* is humanity.
Power is not a means, it’s an end.
“Are you awake?
There is truth, and there is untruth.
To be in a minority of one doesn’t make you mad.”
About the Poet:
Joan Gregerson is the owner of Positive Energy Works, and author of Tuning In to Inner Peace. She is also the creator of Food Freedom Naturally and desperately wants people to realize that they are nature. Their true nature is nature.
Teaching “1984”, New York Times (February 2017)