George Orwell’s classic book “1984,” begins with the line “”It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”. The novel is about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime. (Beginning to sound familiar?)
The book popularized the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian state.
Many of the terms and concepts of the book, such as Big Brother, doublethink, and memory hole, have entered into common use since its publication in 1949.
The current administration practices doublethink, which means: the ability to hold two completely contradictory thoughts simultaneously while believing both to be true.
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass