Seraphic Secret was asked to participate in the Watcher’s Forum. Every week on Monday morning , invited guests weigh in with their opinions on a major issue of the day, the culture, or topics of daily life.
This week’s question: Whom Would You Name For Person Of The Year?
Seraphic Secret’s Person of the Year is George Orwell.
Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, was published 64 years ago. For Americans living under Obama, this prophetic novel is more relevant than ever.
1984 imagines a country called Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain) a province of a super state called Oceania. The country is under the control of a central party, guided by a quasi-divine leader, Big Brother. The government justifies their oppressive rule in the name of the collective good. All individualism is crushed, and those who think independently are guilty of Thoughtcrimes.
Orwell’s understood that those who control language control culture. Distort the meaning of words and you warp the mind into Doublethink. Ultimately, thought and behavior are colonized by the bureaucratic state.