The Orwellian Society

It amazes me that some people are still surprised by the fact that the whole system is corrupt. Or rather, the system makes it so that people who are corrupt will have a better chance of staying in power, and accumulate even more power. It is just like in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four: what do all people with power want? More power. Nothing more, nothing less. See, it used to be that people in power had ideals and ideas which they were governed by. They had a sense of purpose, of patriotism, of duty. Nowadays? It seems that all people want, whether it is in politics, business, or any other industry, is to sit in their high-end ivory towers, inscrutable and untouchable. And every now and then, when something dispicable happens and is leaked to the press (whether purposefully or not), some people are shocked and apalled by it. What a load of crap. This is the reality of the world in which we live, and there is not much you can do about it. There is a good chance that at some point, a social revolution (France, anyone?) is going to come along and tear it all down. This is a dangerous prospect, but the people can only take so much before they revolt. And nobody will be able to blame them when they do. Unless, of course, the Orwellian society will become a fully-fledged reality.

And know this: there are no guarantees whatsoever that this is not going to happen. Who the hell knows what the future holds. There are a few companies out there who have way too much information and details on each and every one of us. All it takes is some nationwide government emergency or something a-la 9/11, and suddenly people are willing to give up a lot of their freedoms for a false sense of security. Or rather, for a sense of security that cannot serioiusly be guaranteed. Carlin said the thing which politicians and businessman fear the most is a population of well-informed individuals capable of critical thinking. He also said – concerning the Bill of Rights – that it is not really a right if someone can just take it away. It is frightening, to think that this is the place where we are headed. Is it as bad as China or North Korea? Of course not. But it could be, easily. And it is on us to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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