Jared (sarynx) wrote,
Jared
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1984 craziness

i just read 1984. yes that's correct i did not read it in high school. perhaps because my english teachers liked socialism more than Orwell. :) liberal conspiracy theories aside - it screwed me up. then i listened to darlene zschech + choir + brass + band sing worship songs. and i started to think maybe orwell hated christianity or religion in general. or maybe he just hated socialism and i think christianity and socialism have a lot in common :) so here are the parallels i found.



Thing The Party/Big Brother (sane view) The Party/Big Brother (party view) religious establishment/God/Jesus (cynical view) God/Jesus (what i think)
Big Brother is watching sinister. better shape up or he'll get you. posters everywhere. black hair and mustache. cool. Big Brother is benevolent sinister. shape up or he'll get you. portraits everywhere. brown hair and mustache and beard. cool. God loves you. but don't put up so many blue eyed Jesus portraits, gosh.
adulation Down with Big Brother. omigosh they're all sheep! Big Brother is watching out for us. He's so strong and loving and great! God is watching out for us. He's so strong and loving and great! (omigosh they're all sheep!) uhh... God is watching out for us. He's so strong and loving and great! ... dude. 1984 puts the church in a lot of places the Party was. i gotta sort this out. cause it's not like God isn't strong or loving or great... otoh Big Brother is bad and God is good...
sex suh-weet! pull it off behind the Party's back. enjoy it a lot. bad. only good for fulfilling duty to the Party. never enjoy it. suh-weet! pull it off behind God's back. erm, bad. only good for fulfilling duty to "be fruitful and multiply." enjoying it is borderline. suh-weet! pull it off in front of God's back. enjoy it a lot. once the time is finally frigging right. gosh, come on.
where did stuff come from? people invented it back when they were free Big Brother invented it God made it God made it
objective reality 2+2=4. bump the Party. no such thing. reality is whatever the Party says and you believe no such thing. whatever God/the establishment says and you believe 2+2=4. because God created reasonably.
free thought do it! fight the power. bad. heresy is prosecuted. bad. heresy is prosecuted. do it! God made free thought.
freedom fight for it. you can only be free as a mortal, real person. freedom is slavery. you can only become immortal (thus free) when you surrender your individuality completely. freedom is slavery. surrender your individuality. both. lose your life to find it. surrender your individuality to find who you and only you are.
world at war not really. the nations fight but just to destroy extra goods. Goldstein is just a figurehead for convenient hate, feared as powerful but possibly made up. absolutely. always have been always will be. we must win! Goldstein sucks! absolutely. always have been always will be. we must win! The devil sucks! (and is just a figurehead for convenient hate, feared as very powerful but possibly made up.) varies.
leader was Big Brother made up? Big Brother is da bomb. Doesn't his face on the poster look like he would give something up for you? was Jesus mostly made up? Jesus did give his life for us. Cooler than Big Brother. and more like God and less like a bunch of power hungry people.


anyway - enough things came out the same or opposite when i thought about it that i had to try to sort it out. maybe that's why you read this in high school, because it makes you write an essay :) thoughts?
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