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Month: June 2020

George Orwell, 1984

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

George Orwell, 1984

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Killing off the Sacred Cows

Watching the recent protests and removal of statues, I can’t think but reminisce. I remember being in second grade when Communism fell.

The first day after Christmas vacation (the commies called it winter vacation) the teachers asked us to “rip out the first page of your books”.

The portrait hanging above the blackboard was taken down as well.

This is the portrait that we had to recite out pledge of allegiance to. A long pledge. Who is this comrade? “He is the leader of the socialist republic of Romania elected unanimously by the 26th party..”..

This was all gone.

Throughout the country statues of Lenin were taken down. A new era was upon us.

I was changed.

Going forward, I would trust less. I would double check any information, especially if it was coming from those in power. Iraq has WMD. Really? The UN inspectors are saying otherwise…and so on.

Once sacred cows are killed there is no going back to “trusting”. Groups seek to find consensus. Individuals seek to find the truth.

You can only find the truth if you kill the sacred cows.

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