It is that day again, when we celebrate a writer or human being long dead, doing so by pulling his fangs and claws, ignoring anything that made him or her dangerous.
This is nothing new, but an «honored» tradition. By praising once dangerous people those in charge create the impression that their harsh words about those in charge are no longer an issue.
What totally «amazes» me is how little people have absorbed of Orwell's warnings and words. They've practically ignored him and them and are doing so today as well, strange as that may sound to you.
It certainly seems very strange to me, making me shake my head in disbelief and contempt.
Everybody should easily be able to see that all his dystopian predictions and more have come true, but they don’t. They keep closing their eyes for the obvious, for unpleasant truths.
Many «leaders», like Tony Blair have used 1984 as an instruction manual, and people keep lapping up their sweet words.
New, oppressive legislation is constantly introduced and reintroduced. If one law is repealed or the protests grow so intense that they need to shelve it, they rewrite it a few years later and then people accept it. The overall picture doesn't change. The overall picture is clear. Tyranny is winning on all fronts.
Keep people in a state of perpetual poverty and war, and they will believe anything you say, endure any indignity you visit upon them. Surveillance is so pervasive today that Orwell and his present would have shaken in horror. Most people are actually supporting it. They buy the bullshit excuses for its existence wholesale. They believe it’s good for them, for their brainwashed and rinsed self.
Tyranny praises Orwell and Huxley and Bradbury and bunch, and laugh itself silly while doing so, looking with growing contempt at its easily deceived subjects.
Orwell should be honored, should be praised, but ignoring his words and life doesn’t do that, in case you’re wondering.
Putting him or anybody on a pedestal is dishonoring him, dishonoring anybody that has ever spoken out against injustice and oppression and created great art.