Friday, January 2, 2009

Brits celebrate New Year with Orwell "1984" reinactment.

Brits rang in the New Year with a spirited nationwide reinactment of George Orwell's famous novel "1984". Working class Brits took on the roles of "Proles" while the police played "Big Brother".

"The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretense was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp." - George Orwell, 1984.

"The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy— everything." - George Orwell, 1984.

"There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always…there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever." - George Orwell, 1984.

"There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." - George Orwell, 1984.

"Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Never again will you be capable of love, or friendship, or joy of living, or laughter, or curiosity, or courage, or integrity. You will be hollow." - George Orwell, 1984.

"If there was hope, it must lie in the proles...if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire.
They needed only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies...Surely sooner or later it must occur to them to do it? And yet -----!" - George Orwell, 1984.

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