REVIEW: 1984 by George Orwell

1984 animal farmFormat:  Audio CD
Genre:  Classic Literature
ISBN:  143320326X
Published:  1949 / 2007 audio

Rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Back of the Book Blurb:

WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

My Thoughts:

I have no idea how to review this book, except to say it is utterly brilliant, utterly startling, and disturbing on a profound level.

I am fairly sure I got a lot more out of it now than I would have had I read it as a teen. I keep thinking abut the “doublethink” concept in the book, and how that reminds me of so much that is happening now politically, though in a more “unofficial” capacity. What struck me the most, however, was the rewriting of history. While not done in the same manner as the book describes, we certainly do have a lot of it going on nonetheless, and it left me feeling pretty disturbed that George Orwell was thinking and writing this in 1949, and we seem to have learned nothing since then.

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Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say – Telegraph

Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.

A group of ethicists has argued that killing young babies is no different from abortion

via Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say – Telegraph.

THIS is what moral relativism has brought us to.  It is mind-bogglingly sad.  How any human being can take such a cavalier position on this beautiful gift of life is appalling and sickening.  This should be a huge wake up call for us – to protect and defend the helpless & innocent among us.