George Orwell’s, 1984
Unless you were born and have lived your whole life under a rock, you know the general premise of George Orwell’s novel, 1984. I know the plot and I’ve never read it. I also understand such terms and concepts as Orwellian, Big Brother, Newspeak, and doublethink. Supposedly, back in the day, 1984 was banned and at times legally challenged on the grounds of being “intellectually dangerous to the public.” There is something quite paradoxical about that challenge.
Nevertheless, to correct my deficiency of not reading it, I ordered the audio book from the library and started listening on Friday morning’s commute. After another thirty minutes of it today I’ve decided to return it to the library. From watching the show Cops all summer, I have learned that everything and I mean everything including totally and complete submission is too often called resisting arrest by the police. Thus, to continue listening to 1984 is to contribute to a mental cruelty that I don’t deserve.